Higher Education

Jazz: The First 100 Years, 3rd Edition

  • includes Audio CD
  • Henry Martin Rutgers University
  • Keith Waters University of Colorado at Boulder
  • ISBN-10: 1439083339  |  ISBN-13: 9781439083338
  • 448 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $118.25
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JAZZ: THE FIRST 100 YEARS explores the development of jazz from its nineteenth-century roots in blues and ragtime, through swing and bebop, to fusion and contemporary jazz styles. Unique in its up-to-date coverage, the 3rd edition devotes a full third of its length to performers of the 1960s to the present day. The book's flexible organization and clear, vibrant presentation appeal to both music majors and general students. Biographies and social history put music in context. Extensive, accessible listening guides tie the history of jazz music directly to the CD selections, giving newcomers and aficionados alike a true feel for the ever-changing sound of jazz. Nonmajors will find the new Introduction to Jazz Basics a useful preview tool on jazz fundamentals. Free with every new copy of the book, the Audio Primer CD allows students to hear the key terms, basic music concepts, and jazz instruments discussed in the book.

Features and Benefits

  • Listening Guides with a new "The Main Point" preview and clear within-text references, as well as detailed CD timings keyed to events in the music and the work's overall form, are included for each of the 62 musical selections on the 3-CD set.
  • Boxes with the themes "Technique and Technology," "Issues of Race," and "Insider's Guide to ..." provide enrichment material on such diverse topics as jazz transcriptions and the sociocultural background of jazz.
  • Timelines at the beginning of each chapter put the chapter’s musical and historical developments in chronological context.
  • Exam Review Questions and Key Terms at the end of each chapter help students prepare for tests on the chapter’s material.
  • At the end of chapters introducing a new style, the text includes tables comparing jazz styles, which appear in interactive form on the text website.
  • An Audio CD Jazz Primer comes with every copy of the book. This primer illustrates important terms (such as back-beat or change step, locked hands, and rhythm changes), jazz instruments, performance effects (such as a trumpet's Harmon mute without stem-Miles Davis' sound, a trombone's glissando and tailgate effect, and the walking bass), and the essentials of building a jazz band (starting with bass and drums and adding piano, trumpet, and tenor saxophone). The contents of the Primer appear on the inside back cover.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Jazz Basics.
1. Roots.
2. Early Jazz.
3. Morton, Bechet, Armstrong, and Beiderbecke.
4. 1920s Jazz in New York and Europe.
5. The Swing Era.
6. Swing-Era Bands and Stylists.
7. The Bebop Era.
8. The 1950s and New Jazz Substyles.
9. The 1960s Avant-Garde.
10. Mainstream Jazz: Into the 1960s.
11. Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk Fusion.
12. Jazz Since the 1980s.
Selected Readings.
Selected Discography.
Selected Jazz DVDs and Videos.

What's New

  • NEW! Magazine-like design helps bring jazz to life, including "pull quotes" and a wealth of photographs that capture the spirit of the times and of the artists.
  • NEW! Glossary terms are now boldfaced in the text and their definitions gathered, for ease of reference, at the lower corner of the page, as well as in the end-of-book Glossary. Marginal icons cue pieces that are available for additional listening and download on the text’s preselected iTunes, Rhapsody, and YouTube playlists, located on the text website.
  • NEW! The rich array of 62 musical selections and listening guides has been expanded by an additional CD and includes 26 pieces that are new to this edition.
  • NEW! The text's website features interactive Flash Active Listening Guides for all selections on the CD set, with annotations of key points and quizzes to test understanding.
  • NEW! Expanded coverage of women in jazz, including "all-girl" big bands, and Maria Schneider, as well as singers Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Chris Connor, Anita O'Day, and Ella Fitzgerald. Also, expanded coverage of Latin jazz, including new selections of "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Picadillo Jam."
  • NEW! Chapter 4 follows the establishment of early jazz with the emergence in New York of Tin Pan Alley, the Harlem Renaissance, the stride pianists, Fletcher Henderson, and Duke Ellington. There is also expanded material on James P. Johnson.
  • NEW! Chapter 5 features additional coverage of the social upheavals of the Depression and of race relations during the 1930s. Coverage of Duke Ellington’s and Count Basie’s work during the 1950s is now consolidated in Chapter 10.
  • NEW! Chapter 6 includes new material on Louis Armstrong during the swing era and expanded coverage of Charlie Christian.
  • NEW! Chapter 7 begins with a new introduction to the war years and the 1940s in general, then expands its treatment of Charlie Parker and includes new material on Latin jazz.
  • NEW! Chapter 8 opens with an introduction to the culture of the 1950s, then proceeds to expanded coverage of the Modern Jazz Quartet and of Stan Getz and bossa nova. Vocalists of the 1950s and 1960s have now been consolidated in Chapter 10 on the mainstream.
  • NEW! Chapter 10 now surveys some of the significant mainstream jazz vocalists (especially Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan) and examines the legacy of big bands, with particular focus on the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
  • NEW! Chapter 11 features much expanded coverage of 1970s fusion.
  • NEW! In Chapter 12 we continue to treat the increasing number of women and non-Americans making major names in jazz and include selections by Maria Schneider, as well as Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri.

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All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

CD-ROM Set  (ISBN-10: 1439083347 | ISBN-13: 9781439083345)

This 3-CD set includes recordings for all 62 Listening Guides that appear in the text.

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Student Supplements

Premium Web Site with Active Listening Guide Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0538734221 | ISBN-13: 9780538734226)

Designed to help you succeed in your music course, the premium website contains many useful student resources including video tutorials, interactive quizzing, web links, PowerPoint presentations, appendices, datasets, a glossary, and more.

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CD-ROM Set  (ISBN-10: 1439083347 | ISBN-13: 9781439083345)

This 3-CD set includes recordings for all 62 Listening Guides that appear in the text.

List Price = $83.95  | CengageBrain Price = $83.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Henry Martin

Henry Martin is Professor of Music at Rutgers University--the country's only program that grants a degree in jazz scholarship. He has enjoyed a dual career as an award-winning composer-pianist and a music theorist specializing in jazz and the Western tonal tradition. Albany Records released his SELECTED PIANO MUSIC CD in 2010, and in 2004 Bridge Records released his CD PRELUDES AND FUGUES, with Martin performing. He is coeditor of the ANNUAL REVIEW OF JAZZ STUDIES, and his books include CHARLIE PARKER AND THEMATIC IMPROVISATION, COUNTERPOINT, and ESSENTIAL JAZZ: THE FIRST 100 YEARS, 2e.

Keith Waters

Keith Waters is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has written extensively on jazz improvisation and analysis. A jazz pianist, he has performed in concerts, jazz festivals, and clubs throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. Prof. Waters has recorded with VSOP Records, and his playing has been a featured topic in JAZZ PLAYER magazine. Among his recent recordings is a Chet Baker tribute with former Baker sideman Phil Urso and West Coast trumpeter Carl Saunders. The current chair of the Jazz Special Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory, he just completed a book on the studio recordings of Miles Davis' second great quintet.