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Blues In The Night

Author : Carol S. Fowler
ISBN : 9781625164612
Genre : Fiction
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Blues in the Night: The First Chronicles of Bernie Butz is a five-story series that begins in May 1951. Bernie is a jazz reviewer and a part-time sleuth, since he seems compelled to involve himself in different scenarios involving the jazz musicians that he writes about. He started out as a law school student in New York City, but instead discovered the true love of his life - jazz - and began hanging around 52nd Street, the jazz capital of the world, where he became mesmerized by the music. Bernie has become a man dedicated to the music and the people who make it. Most of his time is spent in smoky dives, where the music is hot and the musicians' lives are even hotter. The first episode involves an extortion attempt on an up-and-coming saxophone player. The other four stories to follow center on murder and personal tragedies. The final tale is a murder mystery involving a trumpet player whose wife is found dead with the man she has been having an affair with, the horn player's own drummer. Stay tuned for the next book in the series, Blowin' Up a Storm: The Second Chronicles of Bernie Butz. Carol S. Fowler was born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, where she returned to live after her career in the U.S. Marine Corps. "I have been a jazz reviewer and love the music myself. It is one of my great passions in life. I decided to write about jazz musicians because they live in a different world and are a breed all of their own." Publisher's website: http: //

Harold Arlen

Author : Edward Jablonski
ISBN : 1555533663
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"The book is filled with arresting detail about Arlen's career. . . This one is required reading for anyone who cares about American popular music, or, it goes without saying, musical theatre." -- Show Music

Music In The Shadows

Author : Sheri Chinen Biesen
ISBN : 9781421408385
Genre : History
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Welcome to the world of noir musical films, where tormented antiheroes and hard-boiled musicians battle obsession and struggle with their music and ill-fated love triangles. Sultry divas dance and sing the blues in shrouded nightclubs. Romantic intrigue clashes with backstage careers. This book explores musical films that use film noir style and bluesy strains of jazz to inhabit a disturbing underworld and reveal the dark side of fame and the American Dream. While noir musical films like A Star Is Born include musical performances, their bleak tone and expressionistic aesthetic more closely resemble the visual style of film noir. Their narratives unfold behind a stark noir lens: distorted, erratic angles and imbalanced hand-held shots allow the audience to experience a tortured, disillusioned perspective. While many musicals glamorize the quest for the spotlight in Hollywood's star factory, brooding noir musical films such as Blues in the Night, Gilda, The Red Shoes, West Side Story, and Round Midnight stretch the boundaries of film noir and the musical as film genres collide. Deep shadows, dim lighting and visual composition evoke moodiness, cynicism, pessimism, and subjective psychological points of view.

The Blues Encyclopedia

Author : Edward Komara
ISBN : 9781135958329
Genre : Music
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This comprehensive two-volume set brings together all aspects of the blues from performers and musical styles to record labels and cultural issues, including regional evolution and history. Organized in an accessible A-to-Z format, the Encyclopedia of the Blues is an essential reference resource for information on this unique American music genre. Coverage includes: · The whole history of the blues, from its antecedents in African and American types of music to the contemporary styles performed today · Artists active throughout the United States and from foreign countries · The business of the blues, including individual record labels active since the prewar era · Aspects particular to blues lyrics and music · Specific issues such as race or gender as related to the blues · Reference lists of blues periodicals, blues newsletters, libraries, and museums.

Johnny Mercer

Author : Glenn T. Eskew
ISBN : 9780820333304
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (1909–76) remained in the forefront of American popular music from the 1930s through the 1960s, writing over a thousand songs, collaborating with all the great popular composers and jazz musicians of his day, working in Hollywood and on Broadway, and as cofounder of Capitol Records, helping to promote the careers of Nat “King” Cole, Margaret Whiting, Peggy Lee, and many other singers. Mercer’s songs—sung by Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and scores of other performers—are canonical parts of the great American songbook. Four of his songs received Academy Awards: “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe,” and “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.” Mercer standards such as “Hooray for Hollywood” and “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” remain in the popular imagination. Exhaustively researched, Glenn T. Eskew’s biography improves upon earlier popular treatments of the Savannah, Georgia–born songwriter to produce a sophisticated, insightful, evenhanded examination of one of America’s most popular and successful chart-toppers. Johnny Mercer: Southern Songwriter for the World provides a compelling chronological narrative that places Mercer within a larger framework of diaspora entertainers who spread a southern multiracial culture across the nation and around the world. Eskew contends that Mercer and much of his music remained rooted in his native South, being deeply influenced by the folk music of coastal Georgia and the blues and jazz recordings made by black and white musicians. At Capitol Records, Mercer helped redirect American popular music by commodifying these formerly distinctive regional sounds into popular music. When rock ’n’ roll diminished opportunities at home, Mercer looked abroad, collaborating with international composers to create transnational songs. At heart, Eskew says, Mercer was a jazz musician rather than a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, and the interpenetration of jazz and popular song that he created expressed elements of his southern heritage that made his work distinctive and consistently kept his music before an approving audience.

Decade By Decade 1940s

Author : Dan Coates
ISBN : 1457429667
Genre : Music
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Dan Coates's Decade by Decade series is jam-packed with the best pop music of the 20th century. Never before has there been an Easy Piano collection with so many chart-toppers by award-winning performers and songwriters. Descriptions of each piece are included to broaden understanding of pop music history and to put all of these megahits into perspective. Each song also includes lyrics and chord symbols. With so many years of great songs, the Decade by Decade series is sure to appeal to pianists of all levels and ages. Titles: * Another Op'nin', Another Show * As Time Goes By * At Last * Because of You * Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered * Blues in the Night * Chattanooga Choo Choo * Come Rain or Come Shine * Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend * Don't Fence Me In * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree * Fools Rush In * How Are Things in Glocca Morra? * How High the Moon * I Could Write a Book * I’ll Walk Alone * La Vie en Rose * Laura * Mairzy Doats * Moonlight in Vermont * Moonlight Serenade * My Foolish Heart * New York, New York * Opus One * Over the Rainbow * Polka Dots and Moonbeams * Rum and Coca-Cola * Shangri-La * Skylark * So In Love * Speak Low * A String of Pearls * Swinging on a Star * The Syncopated Clock * Taking a Chance on Love * The Trolley Song * You Make Me Feel So Young * You'll Never Know * Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

The Jazz Standards

Author : Ted Gioia
ISBN : 9780190087173
Genre : Music
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An essential copmprehensive guide to some of the most important jazz compositions, telling the story of more than 250 key jazz songs and providing a listening tuide to more than 2000 recordings

Encyclopedia Of Great Popular Song Recordings

Author : Steve Sullivan
ISBN : 9780810882966
Genre : Music
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The Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Volumes 1 and 2 covers the full range of popular music recordings with virtually unprecedented breadth and depth. In this 2-volume encyclopedia, Sullivan explores approximately 1,000 song recordings from 1889 to the present, telling the stories behind the songs, recordings, performers, and songwriters. From the Victorian parlor ballad and ragtime hit at the end of the 19th century to today’s rock classics, the Encyclopedia progresses through a parade popular music styles, from jazz to blues to country Western, as well as the important but too often neglected genres of ethnic and world music, gospel, and traditional folk. This book is the ideal research tool for lovers of popular music in all its glorious variety.

Pearl Harbor Jazz

Author : Peter Townsend
ISBN : 9781604731477
Genre : Music
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This book is a study of a crucial period in the life of American jazz and popular music. Pearl Harbor Jazz analyses the changes in the world of the professional musician brought about both by the outbreak of World War II and by long-term changes in the music business, in popular taste and in American society itself. It describes how the infrastructure of American music, the interdependent fields of recording, touring, live engagements, radio and the movies, was experiencing change in the conditions of wartime, and how this impacted upon musical styles, and hence upon the later history of popular music. Successive chapters of the book examine the impact of these changed conditions upon the songwriting and music publishing industries, upon the world of the touring big bands, and upon changing conceptions of the role of jazz and popular music. Not only the economic conditions but also ideas were changing; the book traces a movement among writers and critics which created new definitions of 'jazz' and other terms that had a permanent influence on the way musical styles were thought of for the rest of the century. The book deals in some depth with the work of a number of important artists in these various fields, including, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Johnny Mercer and Frank Sinatra, looks at the growing presence of bebop, the rise of country music, and the contemporary musical scenes in such locations as New York and Los Angeles. The book combines detail of the day to day working lives of musicians with challenging views of the long-term development of musical style in jazz and popular music. Peter Townsend lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University and in the School of Music at the University of Huddersfield, England


Author : W. E. Timner
ISBN : 9780585040844
Genre : Music
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More than a discography, this book compiles the complete recorded music of Duke Ellington and his sidemen, including studio recordings, movie soundtracks, concerts, dance dates, radio broadcasts, telecasts, and private recordings, creating an easy to use reference source for Jazz collectors and scholars.

Looking Back At The Jazz Age

Author : Nancy von Rosk
ISBN : 9781443813334
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From Britain’s Downton Abbey and Dancing on the Edge to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age’s presence in recent popular culture has been striking and pervasive. This volume not only deepens the reader’s knowledge of this iconic period, but also provides a better understanding of its persistent presence “in our time.” Situating well-known Jazz Age writers such as Langston Hughes in new contexts while revealing the contributions of lesser-known figures such as Fannie Hurst, Looking Back at the Jazz Age brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who draw on a wide range of academic fields and critical methods: New Historicism, biography, philosophy, queer theory, psychoanalytical theory, geography, music theory, film studies, and urban studies. The volume includes provocative new readings of the flapper, an intricate examination of the intersections between literature and music, as well as some reflections on the twenty first century’s preoccupation with the Jazz Age. Building on recent scholarship and suggesting avenues for further research, this collection will be of interest to scholars and students in American literature, American history, American studies, cultural studies, and film studies.

Catalog Of Copyright Entries

Author : Library of Congress. Copyright Office
ISBN : STANFORD:36105119498439
Genre : Copyright
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Musicals In Film A Guide To The Genre

Author : Thomas S. Hischak
ISBN : 9781440844232
Genre : Social Science
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This wide-ranging guide introduces (or reintroduces) readers to movie musicals past and present, enabling them to experience the development of this uniquely American art form—and discover films they'll love. • Shows how the genre developed over time, from the 1920s to the present • Shares fascinating insights about musicals with which the reader is already familiar • Offers information on many lesser-known musicals • Helps readers find film musicals that are similar to those they know and like • Introduces important performers, directors, and songwriters • Includes photographic stills from famous movie musicals

Off Broadway Musicals 1910 2007

Author : Dan Dietz
ISBN : 9780786457311
Genre : Performing Arts
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Despite an often unfair reputation as being less popular, less successful, or less refined than their bona-fide Broadway counterparts, Off Broadway musicals deserve their share of critical acclaim and study. A number of shows originally staged Off Broadway have gone on to their own successful Broadway runs, from the ever-popular A Chorus Line and Rent to more off-beat productions like Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors. And while it remains to be seen if other popular Off Broadway shows like Stomp, Blue Man Group, and Altar Boyz will make it to the larger Broadway theaters, their Off Broadway runs have been enormously successful in their own right. This book discusses more than 1,800 Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, showcase, and workshop musical productions. It includes detailed descriptions of Off Broadway musicals that closed in previews or in rehearsal, selected musicals that opened in Brooklyn and in New Jersey, and American operas that opened in New York, along with general overviews of Off Broadway institutions such as the Light Opera of Manhattan. The typical entry includes the name of the host theater or theaters; the opening date and number of performances; the production's cast and creative team; a list of songs; a brief plot synopsis; and general comments and reviews from the New York critics. Besides the individual entries, the book also includes a preface, a bibliography, and 21 appendices including a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and lists of musicals categorized by topic and composer.

The Swing Era

Author : Gunther Schuller
ISBN : 0195071409
Genre : History
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Focuses on the period in American musical history from 1930 to 1945 when jazz was synonymous with America's popular music.

The Enlightened Bracketologist

Author : Mark Reiter
ISBN : 9781596913103
Genre : Social Science
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Employing a system of brackets used in sports, this light-hearted study looks at some of popular culture's most baffling questions on topics ranging from popular songs and cookbooks to French phrases and wine.

Catalog Of Copyright Entries

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ISBN : UCAL:B3421216
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Blues In The 21st Century Myth Self Expression And Trans Culturalism

Author : Douglas Mark Ponton
ISBN : 9781622739561
Genre : Music
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The book is the fruit of Douglas Mark Ponton’s and co-editor Uwe Zagratzki’s enduring interest in the Blues as a musical and cultural phenomenon and source of personal inspiration. Continuing in the tradition of Blues studies established by the likes of Samuel Charters and Paul Oliver, the authors hope to contribute to the revitalisation of the field through a multi-disciplinary approach designed to explore this constantly evolving social phenomenon in all its heterogeneity. Focusing either on particular artists (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Johnson), or specific texts (Langston Hughes’ Weary Blues and Backlash Blues, Jimi Hendrix’s Machine Gun), the book tackles issues ranging from authenticity and musicology in Blues performance to the Blues in diaspora, while also applying techniques of linguistic analysis to the corpora of Blues texts. While some chapters focus on the Blues as a quintessentially American phenomenon, linked to a specific social context, others see it in its current evolutions, as the bearer of vital cultural attitudes into the digital age. This multidisciplinary volume will appeal to a broad range of scholars operating in a number of different academic disciplines, including Musicology, Linguistics, Sociology, History, Ethnomusicology, Literature, Economics and Cultural Studies. It will also interest educators across the Humanities, and could be used to exemplify the application to data of specific analytical methodologies, and as a general introduction to the field of Blues studies.

Birimisa Portraits Plays Perversions

Author : George Birimisa
ISBN : 9780977421442
Genre : Gay men
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An anthology featuring some of the playwright George Birimisa's own favorite works, including ten of his plays and excerpts from his satirical novel S&M Gym. Also included are prose portraits by colleagues, students, friends and rivals.


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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.

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