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For non-aficionados, jazz can be slippery and difficult to grasp. Jazz can leave a novice baffled, unsure how to listen, and with the question “How is it that they know what to play?” Know-It-All Jazz takes readers from the African-American roots and all the way to the global mix of styles and performers in today’s jazz scene. Along the way, it looks at the shape, style, an For non-aficionados, jazz can be slippery and difficult to grasp. Jazz can leave a novice baffled, unsure how to listen, and with the question “How is it that they know what to play?” Know-It-All Jazz takes readers from the African-American roots and all the way to the global mix of styles and performers in today’s jazz scene. Along the way, it looks at the shape, style, and instruments of the discipline, key personalities and recordings in the jazz canon, and, finally, at what might be expected next from this most diverse of musical forms. Punchy and engaging entries help readers understand the basics in under a minute, ensuring that this is the ultimate companion for newcomers to the instinctive and diverse world of jazz. The Know It All series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about the subjects you really feel you should understand but have never gotten around to studying. Each book selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in under a minute. Other titles in this series include: Know It All Anthropology, Know It All Chemistry, Know It All Classical Music, Know It All Energy, Know It All Fashion, Know It All Great Inventions, Know It All Medicine, Know It All Shakespeare, Know It All Whiskey, Know It All Wine, Space In 30 Seconds, Sports in 30 Seconds.  


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For non-aficionados, jazz can be slippery and difficult to grasp. Jazz can leave a novice baffled, unsure how to listen, and with the question “How is it that they know what to play?” Know-It-All Jazz takes readers from the African-American roots and all the way to the global mix of styles and performers in today’s jazz scene. Along the way, it looks at the shape, style, an For non-aficionados, jazz can be slippery and difficult to grasp. Jazz can leave a novice baffled, unsure how to listen, and with the question “How is it that they know what to play?” Know-It-All Jazz takes readers from the African-American roots and all the way to the global mix of styles and performers in today’s jazz scene. Along the way, it looks at the shape, style, and instruments of the discipline, key personalities and recordings in the jazz canon, and, finally, at what might be expected next from this most diverse of musical forms. Punchy and engaging entries help readers understand the basics in under a minute, ensuring that this is the ultimate companion for newcomers to the instinctive and diverse world of jazz. The Know It All series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about the subjects you really feel you should understand but have never gotten around to studying. Each book selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in under a minute. Other titles in this series include: Know It All Anthropology, Know It All Chemistry, Know It All Classical Music, Know It All Energy, Know It All Fashion, Know It All Great Inventions, Know It All Medicine, Know It All Shakespeare, Know It All Whiskey, Know It All Wine, Space In 30 Seconds, Sports in 30 Seconds.  

30 review for Know It All Jazz: The 50 Crucial Concepts, Styles, and Performers, Each Explained in Under a Minute

  1. 4 out of 5

    Connie G

    "Know It All Jazz" is aimed at the novice jazz listener. The book is divided into seven sections, each with its own glossary, a profile of a famous jazz musician, and seven or eight main entries. It traces the history of jazz from its African-American roots in New Orleans to the jazz of today which is often a mix of several types of music and sometimes uses technology. There are many eye-catching illustrations, mostly collages of photographs of musicians, instruments, records, sheet music, and m "Know It All Jazz" is aimed at the novice jazz listener. The book is divided into seven sections, each with its own glossary, a profile of a famous jazz musician, and seven or eight main entries. It traces the history of jazz from its African-American roots in New Orleans to the jazz of today which is often a mix of several types of music and sometimes uses technology. There are many eye-catching illustrations, mostly collages of photographs of musicians, instruments, records, sheet music, and maps with colorful graphics. Unfortunately the collages are not always labeled with the names of the musicians. This was an enjoyable basic book about jazz. One thing that annoyed me were the sidebars titled "3 second riff" and "3-second biographies" (3 musicians in 3 seconds). They seemed to be encouraging people to speed-read through the book instead of reading nonfiction at a pace where they might retain some information.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    The 50 crucial concepts, styles and performers, each explained in under a minute – this is the subtitle of the book “Know-It-All Jazz.” While my personal time took a bit longer (I read the book cover-to-cover in about 100 minutes), one cannot argue against this wonderful idea of small, bite-sized chunks of facts arranged alongside colorful collages of instruments and performers. This is one of those “coffee table” books that benefits anyone with a few minutes of time on their hands. Most pages c The 50 crucial concepts, styles and performers, each explained in under a minute – this is the subtitle of the book “Know-It-All Jazz.” While my personal time took a bit longer (I read the book cover-to-cover in about 100 minutes), one cannot argue against this wonderful idea of small, bite-sized chunks of facts arranged alongside colorful collages of instruments and performers. This is one of those “coffee table” books that benefits anyone with a few minutes of time on their hands. Most pages can be read quickly, allowing browsers to add to their personal knowledge of jazz. I loved the arrangement, with chapters that examined different jazz eras as well as some of the most influential performers. Sidebars entitled “3-Second Riffs” and “3-Second Improvisations” draw our attention to related information. Folks new to jazz will probably find the chapter glossaries helpful, each one explaining terms that may be unfamiliar. Editor Dave Gelly kept the reading light and interesting. For instance, one passage told us that “…many jazz drummers borrowed their rhythmic ideas from tap dancing, some performers, such as Jo Jones or Buddy Rich, being adept at both.” Now, that I didn’t know, and it’s just one of many eclectic moments included in “Know-It-All Jazz.” A resource section in the back includes books, websites, and a listing of festivals. The editor has also included an index for our convenience. While not a book intended for those who are already hardcore fans, it is a great intro for anyone with an interest in learning the basics about jazz history. Four-and-a-half stars. My thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Wellfleet Press for a complimentary copy of this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Faouzia

    When the topic of music and the favorites types comes in conversations i always include Jazz. I admit that except for some very famous names, i am ignorant of the basics of this music and i didn't know where to begin in order to learn more. I was lucky to find this book. In different chapters dedicated to specific topics, the author explains the basic terminology, styles, types, evolution and the most influential figures in the world of Jazz. For someone who is already familiar with the basic of When the topic of music and the favorites types comes in conversations i always include Jazz. I admit that except for some very famous names, i am ignorant of the basics of this music and i didn't know where to begin in order to learn more. I was lucky to find this book. In different chapters dedicated to specific topics, the author explains the basic terminology, styles, types, evolution and the most influential figures in the world of Jazz. For someone who is already familiar with the basic of this world, i think the book will seem a bit general, for someone like me though, this is the best starting point. I'm still far from being an expert of course, and honestly many information just slipped my mind. However, it is a starting point to dive into this amazing world because now i know that Jazz is more than just hearing the Saxophon. I think the best feature of this book is that gives the reader a base to start from, in listening to the different names, albums and styles mentioned, one can pick what he likes best and from that point a whole world opens up. If anything, this book made more eager to know about Jazz, and for the past couple of days i have been listening to nothing but some of the tracks mentioned. Thank you NetGalley, the Publisher and Author for this copy in exchange of an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Jazz is a worldwide genre of music that started as a local phenomenon of American black musicians. This book tries to cover it all: musicians, influences, instruments, styles, groups. The illustrations are confusing, being collages of people, instruments, records, sheet music, maps, weather photos, etc. and the people in them aren't always identified. chapters are: The Shape of Jazz; Style of Jazz; Instruments of Jazz, Vocal Jazz; Classic Jazz Albums; Jazz & the Blues; Today Is the Question. Each Jazz is a worldwide genre of music that started as a local phenomenon of American black musicians. This book tries to cover it all: musicians, influences, instruments, styles, groups. The illustrations are confusing, being collages of people, instruments, records, sheet music, maps, weather photos, etc. and the people in them aren't always identified. chapters are: The Shape of Jazz; Style of Jazz; Instruments of Jazz, Vocal Jazz; Classic Jazz Albums; Jazz & the Blues; Today Is the Question. Each has a glossary of terms suitable for the topic and within each section is a profile of a featured performer: Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Craig Taborn. The illustrations for these are awful, being stark black and some light color. The text is the same, that pale color on black, which is hard to read. This is a short, choppy introduction to a complicated subject which is actually about sound. It's hard to get the sound from reading; you have to listen. What I really need is Ken Burns's documentary.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

    I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Probably the book I learnt the most from from this Know It All series, but that is solely because it's the subject I knew least about. Although I do enjoy jazz and have my favourites (pretty much only listen to Miles Davis because he is a god!), I did not know anything about the subgenres or vocal groups or even details on how instruments function within jazz compositions. Anyway, great read! Full of details, but presented in a I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Probably the book I learnt the most from from this Know It All series, but that is solely because it's the subject I knew least about. Although I do enjoy jazz and have my favourites (pretty much only listen to Miles Davis because he is a god!), I did not know anything about the subgenres or vocal groups or even details on how instruments function within jazz compositions. Anyway, great read! Full of details, but presented in a simple manner, easy to understand.

  6. 5 out of 5

    GONZA

    Brief information to use as a short compendium to begin to know jazz. Not interesting for the long time estimator of the genre, but particularly useful to decide from where to start and where to dig in search of more information. A good beginning. Un bignamino da usare come inizio per non farsi spaventare dalla vastitá dell'argomento. Non il libro adatto per gli estimatori del genere, ma particolarmente utile per decidere da dove iniziare e cosa approfondire. Un buon inizio. THANKS NETGALLEY FOR Brief information to use as a short compendium to begin to know jazz. Not interesting for the long time estimator of the genre, but particularly useful to decide from where to start and where to dig in search of more information. A good beginning. Un bignamino da usare come inizio per non farsi spaventare dalla vastitá dell'argomento. Non il libro adatto per gli estimatori del genere, ma particolarmente utile per decidere da dove iniziare e cosa approfondire. Un buon inizio. THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This format, for me, is difficult but I found that this "know it all" really worked - perhaps because it didn't condescend? I'd recommend for the younger, burgeoning music lover or for the person that wants to sort of dip in and out of a book when the mood strikes them. A recommend. I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This format, for me, is difficult but I found that this "know it all" really worked - perhaps because it didn't condescend? I'd recommend for the younger, burgeoning music lover or for the person that wants to sort of dip in and out of a book when the mood strikes them. A recommend. I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Kelly

    I picked this book up at the library on the "new arrivals" shelf. I know very little about jazz and was just planning on paging through it. I ended up reading it and enjoyed it. I liked that, when all was said and done, you could see where, surprise, everything is related! I picked this book up at the library on the "new arrivals" shelf. I know very little about jazz and was just planning on paging through it. I ended up reading it and enjoyed it. I liked that, when all was said and done, you could see where, surprise, everything is related!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Juan

    Nice overview. Might make a good handbook

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    #KnowItAllJazz #NetGalley #Music #Jazz A large and wonderful compilation of information about the jazz including the iconic artists, instruments, styles, historical facts and more. Sublime!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carl

  12. 4 out of 5

    GA

  13. 5 out of 5

    אמיר

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ash William

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Such a fun book! I found this to be a great intro book to help gain some beginner knowledge on a music genre that I've always been intrigued by. I've always loved jazz, although I've often found myself wanted to more about the genre as a whole. And thanks to this book, now I do! Just as the other "Know it All"" books, the book blurb didn't lie, I was able to soak up this book in less than an hour. What a wonderful idea! i am completely hooked on this series. I want to "Know It All" about everyth Such a fun book! I found this to be a great intro book to help gain some beginner knowledge on a music genre that I've always been intrigued by. I've always loved jazz, although I've often found myself wanted to more about the genre as a whole. And thanks to this book, now I do! Just as the other "Know it All"" books, the book blurb didn't lie, I was able to soak up this book in less than an hour. What a wonderful idea! i am completely hooked on this series. I want to "Know It All" about everything. Bring on more books! I have received a much appreciated digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Quarto Group

  17. 4 out of 5

    T.J. Burns

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tülin Güven

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dеnnis

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly Brubaker

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Flanagan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deana

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donald

  26. 4 out of 5

    James

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert Glover

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janeen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Asier

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terri Madden

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