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Author: Ted Gioia Narrator: Peter Ganim Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781478995616
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"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." --The Economist

In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the jazz-rock fusion of Miles Davis, Gioia covers the music's history and reveals the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand America's greatest contribution to music.

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Quotes & Awards

  • How to Listen to Jazz fills an important and obvious gap by offering a sensible and jargon-free introduction to what Gioia calls ‘the most joyous sound invented during the entire course of twentieth-century music.’ The book deserves a place alongside such classic works of jazz criticism as MartinWilliams’s The Jazz Tradition, Will Friedwald’s Jazz Singing, the books of Gary Giddins and Gioia’s own The History of Jazz.”

    Washington Post

  • “Written primarily to introduce newcomers to the genre and its primary artists, this volume should prove to do just what Gioia set out to accomplish.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Ted Gioia is a music historian and the author of eleven books, including How to Listen to Jazz. His three previous books on the social history of music—Work Songs, Healing Songs, and Love Songs—have all been honored with ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards. He lives in Plano, Texas.

About the Narrator

Peter Ganim, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an American actor who has appeared on stage, on television, and in film. He has performed voice-over work since 1994.