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John Szwed
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Jazz 101

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  123 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Jazz 101 makes jazz, with all its intricacies of artistry and vast array of forms, accessible to readers through Szwed's fluid, entertaining prose. Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz.
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Published September 1st 2003 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2000)
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Michael Pronko
Apr 23, 2015 Michael Pronko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any intro to jazz is going to disappoint some jazz lover somehow, but Szwed does better than most all other writers in getting down to the basics in clear language for the beginning jazz listener, and jazz thinker. I use excerpts from this in classes about American culture, where students have only the vaguest idea of what jazz could be. It works a trick! The way of explaining very complex musical concepts in accessible language is a wonder and a great help. This book is not just a guide, but it ...more
Kenya Hudson
John Szwed's book celebrates the diversity of jazz and jazz styles. Rather than reading out certain musicians or approaches, he reads nearly everyone into the jazz tradition. Consequently, Szwed covers nearly all the jazz styles that are typically excluded from jazz histories (e.g. dixieland, jazz fusion, jazz rock, smooth jazz and European jazz) as well as the mainstream styles. He eschews the narrative that places the birthplace of jazz in New Orleans and emphasizes less than others the patern ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Jayna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Williams
May 05, 2015 David Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good overview of Jazz. Any writer of a subject like jazz has to pick and choose what he will talk about and what to leave out. Everyone will have some quibble, but overall it's a decent introduction. It is a little outdated since it came out before the era of iTunes and Spotify.
Gary Geiger
Listened to as an audiobook. It would've been better with musical examples, but I found it to be a good supplement to a Great Coursse that I listened to on jazz by Bill Messenger.
Indah Threez Lestari
1241st - 2011

Meskipun mengaku tidak fanatik pada jenis musik tertentu, ada masanya aku keranjingan musik jazz, dan radio pun selalu disetel di KLCBS. Ada masanya aku mengumpulkan kaset dan CD Harry Connick Jr dan Ken Hirai, atau malah yang lawas bin jadul ala Frank Sinatra atau Dean Martin. Tapi sejauh itu saja, tanpa berusaha memahami dan mengenal jazz lebih jauh, sampai mencari buku mengenai asal-usul jazz segala. Setidaknya, buku ini mungkin bisa membuka sedikit cakrawala mengenai musik yang
Dash Williams
Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz is a great starting point on the path to Jazz connoisseurship. The experienced listener and student on Jazz history will not gain much from the body of the book, but should still crack the book just for it appendices, which provide disographies, biographies, histories, appearances of jazz in popular culture, amongst other things.
Didin Dimas
May 09, 2010 Didin Dimas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I get this book in Indonesia translation.
(+) good book about jazz history
(+) the writer is a Professor, but also a musician! So He can tell us both the history of jazz and the "music" in it.

(-) Indonesian Translation sucks! I'll get the original one..

Uh btw. after you read this, try to watch "Ray", a biography movie about Ray Charles. :)
Hunter Johnson
John F. Szwed's Jazz 101. I started my classical collection with Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding; I'm planning to use this to grow my jazz collection.
Cherika Hardjakusumah
Jul 28, 2007 Cherika Hardjakusumah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essential
The basic thing about jazz is all here! Periodical history of jazz style, best jazz musicians, best jazz albums, everything is here! Beginners will love this book, jazz master would also love this book..
Aug 10, 2014 Robby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book for jazz as a whole including culture, clubs, and instruments. It was fairly light on listening material for each time period/style which was what I was most interested in.
Adam Al
Dec 19, 2013 Adam Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The history of Jazz is a hard topic to take on. Rarely is it done so lyrically or with such honest sensibilities as here.
Mar 13, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for the beginner. it gets you going with some great artists to listen to.
Simon Hedge
Nov 30, 2012 Simon Hedge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pretty good introduction to the subject. I certainly learned a lot!
Jul 18, 2008 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written introduction of Jazz.
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