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The Puzzle of Geographical Disconnectedness

Damon J. Phillips

in Shaping Jazz: Cities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691150888
eISBN:
9781400846481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691150888.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter explains why it matters that jazz was produced in sixty-seven cities worldwide. That is, jazz up to 1933 was primarily recorded in a small set of cities, including Chicago, London, and ... More


Shaping Jazz: Cities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form

Damon J. Phillips

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691150888
eISBN:
9781400846481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691150888.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

There are over a million jazz recordings, but only a few hundred tunes have been recorded repeatedly. Why did a minority of songs become jazz standards? Why do some songs—and not others—get ... More


Teaching Jazz Standards

Nick Weiser

in Teaching School Jazz: Perspectives, Principles, and Strategies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190462574
eISBN:
9780190462611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190462574.003.0022
Subject:
Music, History, American

The issue of teaching jazz standards is fraught with questions. What are “standards?” What makes a composition a standard? Why do jazz musicians use them as vehicles for improvisation? How are ... More


The Quintet and Its Legacies

Davis Quintet

in The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195393835
eISBN:
9780190268046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195393835.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the legacy of the Miles Davis Quintet to jazz music. It describes how the members' longevity in the music industry helped make the quintet's compositions a part of the jazz ... More


Additional Songs and Composers

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter provides accessible analysis to fifty-three songs that were not included in Alec Wilder’s original edition of 1972. Much has changed in fifty years. Some songs have risen in stature ... More


George Gershwin: (1898–1937)

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

George Gershwin was one of the few famous songwriters who wrote also wrote large-scale “classical” works. This chapter discusses only his songs. It is perhaps surprising to note that in spite of his ... More


The Great Craftsmen

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Most of the songs that comprise the American Songbook were written by composers who might be known by dedicated enthusiasts but are most likely not household names. Often the name of a tune will be ... More


Jerome Kern: (1885–1945)

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Jerome Kern was a prolific and visionary writer of popular song. The first of a series of great Broadway composers including Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, and Arlen, Kern exerted a profound ... More


Outstanding Individual Songs: 1920 to 1950

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Hundreds of individuals have contributed to the American Songbook, many of whom did not even consider themselves songwriters. They might have been bandleaders. arrangers, instrumentalists, singers, ... More


Harold Arlen: (1905–1986)

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Not as well known as some of the great songwriters, Harold Arlen was a highly original composer with a distinctive style that displayed the strong influence of African American music. Indeed, his ... More


Burton Lane, Hugh Martin, and Vernon Duke

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Burton Lane did not write his first full theater score until 1940 for Hold on to Your Hats. Dividing his time between New York and Hollywood, he would only write two more full theater scores, but ... More


Vincent Youmans and Arthur Schwartz

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Vincent Youmans was born the same year as George Gershwin, and like his contemporary, died young. Although he lived to be forty-seven years old, declining health curtailed his output after age ... More


Irving Berlin: (1888–1989)

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The outstanding feature of this chapter is the inclusion of musical examples by Irving Berlin, which had been excluded from the 1972 edition of American Popular Song because of copyright ... More


Cole Porter: (1891–1964)

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

It is ironic that although Cole Porter had a thorough musical education—far more than most composers—he is best remembered for his saucy lyrics. It is also ironic that, in spite of this training, he ... More


American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Alec Wilder

Robert Rawlins (ed.)

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Composer Alec Wilder’s American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950 is widely recognized as the definitive book on American popular song. In this volume, which achieved immediate praise and ... More


Richard Rodgers: (1902–1979)

Alec Wilder

in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190939946
eISBN:
9780190053024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190939946.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

All of Richard Rodgers’s songs were written for the theater or film. His career divides neatly into two halves—the years he worked with lyricist Lorenz Hart (1919–1943) and the years with Oscar ... More


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