Concise Guide to Jazz, 7th Edition. Mark C. Gridley. © |Pearson | Available. MyLab. Share this page. Concise Guide to Jazz, 7th Edition. View larger. Concise Guide to Jazz has 28 ratings and 1 review. The Once and said: Its a good book to learn the history of Jazz and how modern music relates to it. I. An introduction to jazz and how to listen to it. Written by active jazz musician and jazz historian Mark Gridley, the Concise Guide to Jazz was.

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Using a simple, yet lively writing style, and an abundance of illustrations, it is easily accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of music—or any technical sophistication. Written by an active jazz musician and eminent jazz historian, this brief yet substantive introduction to jazz examines how jazz originated, how it is made, what to listen for, the major style eras, and the individual styles of 40 historically significant jazz musicians.

These styles include early jazz Dixieland ; swing; bebop; cool jazz; hard bop; avant-garde of the s and 70s; and jazz-rock fusion. For music lovers who want to increase their enjoyment of jazz. It outlines the ways jazz is made and the major jazz styles that have evolved during the twentieth century. It tells why the big names are important and how their styles differ. The Demonstration CD provides examples of the instrument sounds and explains the methods and terminology of jazz.

The Elements of Music Appendix explains the basic terms that are used to describe music. This helps listeners to detect more in each repeated hearing. Chapters end with lists of recordings and books to supplement the information that is introduced in the chapter.

History and Analysis textbook by Mark C. Gridley and the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz rather than duplicating them. They were chosen so that each of the three sources would begin filling the historic and stylistic gaps within each other. This book originated because professors and students asked for an introduction to jazz that was as clear and accurate as Jazz Styles but without as much detail.

Jazz Styles profiles musicians and mentions about others. Many professors also said they wanted a book that was easy to complete in a ten-week college quarter. Some said the ideal introductory text would focus on only about ten major figures. Reducing jazz history to a maximum of ten musicians was not feasible, however, because few authorities agree on which ten to discuss. But by increasing the minimum number of musicians to 40, we were able to accommodate the combined preferences from most authorities’ “top ten” lists and still not overload students.

Though this approach neglects some of the richness of jazz history, it also makes conveniently comprehensible a diversity of styles in a way that provides a basis for further explorations.

If students or professors want to begin fleshing out the basic skeleton of styles treated in the present book, they can start with two resources that are already available in most colleges: Your first purchase might be Listening to Jazz, a one-hour video version of the Demonstration CD of instruments and methods for making jazz, prepared by Steve Gryb.


It can be ordered by phoning and asking for ISBN The first two editions of this book have been used successfully at more than one hundred different high schools and colleges in courses about jazz history and appreciation for non-musicians. No technical knowledge of music is required to understand its contents. The optional listening guides are most useful, however, if students first familiarize themselves with instrument sounds on the Demo CD and the terms explained in the Elements of Music Appendix.

Students appreciate live demonstrations and instructor assistance with this, also. Repeated listening is the key to familiarizing yourself with the sounds and their names. Appreciation increases with each rehearing of the selections on the Jazz Classics CD.

It is not realistic to expect to grasp the subtleties immediately. In fact, for most selections, it is not even realistic to expect to follow all the notes until at least the fourth or fifth hearing. For this reason, most instructors devote the first few weeks of their course to the Elements of Music Appendix and Chapter 2: Some instructors devote the first third of the course to developing these basic listening skills before moving on to comparing different jazz styles.

In other words, learning listening skills is essential before learning the style differences that make jazz history interesting. In fact, some students report that without adequate instruction in such skills, they are often clueless when they try to appreciate modern jazz selections.

In designing a semester-long or quarter-long course in jazz appreciation, instructors need to tally their own priorities, not necessarily the same topics that appear in this book. Topics, musicians, and entire chapters can be skipped without doing serious damage to a brief Introduction to jazz or Understanding jazz course.

For example, if emphasis is placed on in-depth appreciation of particular recordings and the musicians on them, an entire class period can be devoted to each one. Dissecting a given selection, chorus by chorus, phrase by phrase, and then replaying it five times is not excessive if students are led to focus on a different aspect each time.

Alternate ways for organizing jazz survey and jazz history courses are outlined within sample course syllabi in Instructor’s Resource Manual for Concise Guide to Jazz available from Prentice-Hall sales representatives as well as from Prentice-Hall faculty services; phone Both books outline pitfalls to avoid in teaching jazz history, jazz survey, and jazz appreciation courses. They also offer many lecture-demonstration strategies and teaching tips for first-time instructors.

Instructors may wish to substitute or supplement some of the text coverage and classics recordings with lectures and recordings representing such topics as Latin jazz Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, et al.

Concise Guide to Jazz by Mark C. Gridley

For the convenience of the many professors who have geared their assignments, syllabi, and exams to the second edition of Concise Guide to Jazz, we have retained the organization and facts from it for this new edition. At the request of professors and students, we have also. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


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Jazz Demonstration Disc for Jazz Styles: At the request of professors and students, we have also added coverage of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan expanded discussion of acid jazz and smooth jazz updated all references to books and recordings added 13 new photos of musicians added a “For Musicians” Appendix of basic musical foundations of jazz, such as modes, comping, and chord gridleyy for the bar blues increased the numbering and italicizing of main points within paragraphs.

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Showing of 36 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Vuide Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I had a class in jazz and needed this book. Many books are not worth it the professor doesn’t really use it but this one helped me do well in the course. I bought this book for a jazz history class. It was a treat to learn all the music and artists that came before us.

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Loose Leaf Verified Purchase. The book is good condition. However, I thought I had clicked on a book that had the CD’s with it.

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Text book doesn’t add too much griddley, just the important moments of jazz history. I gave it a 4 because it didn’t come with the CD. I had to buy it separately. Saved a lot of money buy renting it: But I wish it came with the CD.

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