I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz
Author: Jessica Herthel,Jazz Jennings
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0803741073
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Release: 2014
Editor: Dial
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Based on the young co-author's real-life experiences, the story of a transgender child traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz
Author: Jessica Herthel,Jazz Jennings
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9780698176737
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Release: 2014-09-04
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere "This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty."—Laverne Cox (who plays Sophia in “Orange Is the New Black”) From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

Being Jazz

Being Jazz
Author: Jazz Jennings
Pages: 267
ISBN: 9780399554674
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Release: 2017-06-14
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series--I Am Jazz--making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence--particularly high school--complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy--especially when you began your life in a boy's body.

The Kind of Man I Am

The Kind of Man I Am
Author: Nichole Rustin-Paschal
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9780819577573
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Release: 2017-09-12
Editor: Wesleyan University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Nearly four decades after his death, Charles Mingus Jr. remains one of the least understood and most recognized jazz composers and musicians of our time. Mingus’s ideas about music, racial identity, and masculinity—as well as those of other individuals in his circle, like Celia Mingus, Hazel Scott, and Joni Mitchell—challenged jazz itself as a model of freedom, inclusion, creativity, and emotional expressivity. Drawing on archival records, published memoirs, and previously conducted interviews, The Kind of Man I Am uses Mingus as a lens through which to craft a gendered cultural history of postwar jazz culture. This book challenges the persisting narrative of Mingus as jazz’s “Angry Man” by examining the ways the language of emotion has been used in jazz as shorthand for competing ideas about masculinity, authenticity, performance, and authority.

Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method

Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method
Author: Mark Davis
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781495051296
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Release: 2015-09-01
Editor: Hal Leonard Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

(Piano Instruction). The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide designed for anyone interested in playing jazz piano from the complete novice just learning the basics to the more advanced player who wishes to enhance their keyboard vocabulary. There are lots of fun progressions and licks for you to play and absorb. The accompanying audio includes demonstrations of all the examples in the book! Topics include essential theory, chords and voicings, improvisation ideas, structure and forms, scales and modes, rhythm basics, interpreting a lead sheet, playing solos, and much more!

Play the Way You Feel

Play the Way You Feel
Author: Kevin Whitehead
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780190847586
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Release: 2020-04-01
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jazz stories have been entwined with cinema since the inception of jazz film genre in the 1920s, giving us origin tales and biopics, spectacles and low-budget quickies, comedies, musicals, and dramas, and stories of improvisers and composers at work. And the jazz film has seen a resurgence in recent years--from biopics like Miles Ahead and HBO's Bessie, to dramas Whiplash and La La Land. In Play the Way You Feel, author and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead offers a comprehensive guide to these films and other media from the perspective of the music itself. Spanning 93 years of film history, the book looks closely at movies, cartoons, and a few TV shows that tell jazz stories, from early talkies to modern times, with an eye to narrative conventions and common story points. Examining the ways historical films have painted a clear picture of the past or overtly distorted history, Play the Way You Feel serves up capsule discussions of sundry topics including Duke Ellington's social life at the Cotton Club, avant-garde musical practices in 1930s vaudeville, and Martin Scorsese's improvisatory method on the set of New York, New York. Throughout the book, Whitehead brings the same analytical bent and concise, witty language listeners know from his jazz segments on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He investigates well-known songs, traces the development of the stock jazz film ending, and offers fresh, often revisionist takes on works by such directors as Howard Hawks, John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, Robert Altman, Woody Allen and Damien Chazelle. In all, Play the Way You Feel is a feast for film-genre fanatics and movie-watching jazz enthusiasts.

Children s Guided Participation in Jazz Improvisation

Children   s Guided Participation in Jazz Improvisation
Author: Guro Gravem Johansen
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9780429837463
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Release: 2020-11-30
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Improbasen is a Norwegian private learning centre that offers beginner's instrumental tuition within jazz improvisation for children between the ages of 7 and 15. This book springs out of a two-year ethnographic study of the teaching and learning activity at Improbasen, highlighting features from the micro-interactions within the lessons, the organisation of Improbasen, and its international activity. Music teachers, students, and scholars within music education as well as jazz research will benefit from the perspectives presented in the book, which shows how children systematically acquire tools for improvisation and shared codes for interplay. Through a process of guided participation in jazz culture, even very young children are empowered to take part in a global, creative musical practice with improvisation as an educational core. This book critically engages in current discussions about jazz pedagogy, inclusion and gender equity, beginning instrumental tuition, creativity, and authenticity in childhood.

Blue Water Dreams

Blue Water Dreams
Author: Dena Hankins
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781626392502
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Release: 2014-09-01
Editor: Bold Strokes Books Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Lania Marchiol keeps a wary sailor's gaze trained on the horizon. Somewhere out there, the perfect boat is waiting to take her around the world in a self-sufficient home powered by wind, sunshine, and the strength of her will. When she finds it, she'll sell her beloved antique printing press, retire her renowned literary magazine, and wave good-bye to her life on land. When a suave filmmaker flirts his way into her literary life, Lania must fight to maintain a steady heading toward the high seas. The magnetism of wickedly handsome trans man Oly Rassmussen send her trusty compass spinning off course and they must reimagine freedom and love in order to sail together in the greatest adventure of all.

How to Listen to Jazz

How to Listen to Jazz
Author: Ted Gioia
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780465097777
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Release: 2016-05-17
Editor: Basic Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An acclaimed music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to one of America's premier art forms. 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 and better appreciate America's greatest contribution to music. "Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." -Economist

Conversations in Jazz

Conversations in Jazz
Author: Ralph J. Gleason
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9780300214529
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Release: 2016-01-01
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An extraordinary collection of revealing, personal interviews with fourteen jazz music legends During his nearly forty years as a music journalist, Ralph J. Gleason recorded many in-depth interviews with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. These informal sessions, conducted mostly in Gleason's Berkeley, California, home, have never been transcribed and published in full until now. This remarkable volume, a must-read for any jazz fan, serious musician, or musicologist, reveals fascinating, little-known details about these gifted artists, their lives, their personas, and, of course, their music. Bill Evans discusses his battle with severe depression, while John Coltrane talks about McCoy Tyner's integral role in shaping the sound of the Coltrane quartet, praising the pianist enthusiastically. Included also are interviews with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Jon Hendricks, and the immortal Duke Ellington, plus seven more of the most notable names in twentieth-century jazz.

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between
Author: Bryan Mellonie,Robert R. Ingpen,Robert Van Mackelenberg,Edgar Metcalfe
Pages: 37
ISBN: 0855721367
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Release: 2005-12-31
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Book intended for children which explains death by presenting life as having a beginning and an end, with an appropriate Tlifetime' in between. The length of this lifetime varies according to the type of living thing and is affected by illness and injury. The illustrator was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1986.

The Jazz Theory Book

The Jazz Theory Book
Author: Mark Levine
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781457101458
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Release: 2011-01-12
Editor: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The most highly-acclaimed jazz theory book ever published! Over 500 pages of comprehensive, but easy to understand text covering every aspect of how jazz is constructed---chord construction, II-V-I progressions, scale theory, chord/scale relationships, the blues, reharmonization, and much more. A required text in universities world-wide, translated into five languages, endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, etc.

The New Face of Jazz

The New Face of Jazz
Author: Cicily Janus
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780823027217
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Release: 2010-07-13
Editor: Billboard Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jazz is thriving in the twenty-first century, and The New Face of Jazz is an intimate, illustrated guide to the artists, venues, and festivals of today's jazz scene. This book celebrates the living legends, current stars, and faces of tomorrow as they continue to innovate and expand the boundaries of this great musical legacy. In their own words, artists such as McCoy Tyner, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Terence Blanchard, Charlie Hunter, Nicholas Payton, George Benson, Maria Schneider, Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joe Lovano, Lee Ritenour, and more than 100 others share intimately about their beginnings, musical training, inspiration, and hard-earned lessons, creating a fascinating mosaic of the current jazz community. Photographer Ned Radinsky contributes 40 amazing black-and-white portraits of these musicians doing what they do best—playing. An appendix offers resources for jazz education; an exclusive reading list; and the lowdown on those organizations and societies doing their part to promote jazz as a living, breathing art form. With an introductory word from Wynton Marsalis, a foreword by Marcus Miller, and an afterword by Sonny Rollins, The New Face of Jazz is an unprecedented window onto today's world of jazz, for everyone from the devotee to the new listener.

The Perfect Pony

The Perfect Pony
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Pages: 32
ISBN: PSU:000061139725
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Release: 2007
Editor: Dial Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

While searching for a sleek, fast, and spirited pony to own, a young girl comes to realize that the "perfect" pony is actually very different.

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest
Author: David Foster Wallace
Pages: 1104
ISBN: 9780316073851
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Release: 2009-04-13
Editor: Back Bay Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do. "The next step in fiction...Edgy, accurate, and darkly witty...Think Beckett, think Pynchon, think Gaddis. Think." --Sven Birkerts, The Atlantic

I Do Not Like Yolanda

I Do Not Like Yolanda
Author: Zoey Abbott
Pages: 44
ISBN: 9780735266513
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Release: 2021-03-16
Editor: Tundra Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bianca likes stamps and writing letters and going to the post office. . . she does not like Yolanda, who works there. A relatable story about facing your fears and giving people a second chance for fans of Miss Nelson Is Missing and My Teacher is a Monster. When Bianca gets stuck in Yolanda's line at the post office, she expects the worst: scowls, claws, teeth . . . This is what she gets for having a five-letter day. She might not survive . . . Or will Yolanda surprise her? This hilarious story explores fear and kindness, in that order, when Bianca decides to overcome her terror and ask Yolanda very nicely how her weekend was... and learns that Yolanda is not scary, she's a delight! A truly lovely book about questioning your assumptions and reaching out to another person, no matter how scary they might be.

Jazz

Jazz
Author: Toni Morrison
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307388100
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Release: 2007-07-24
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Transforms a familiar refrain of jilted love into a bold, sustaining time of self-knowledge and discovery. Its rhythms are infectious.” —People In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life. "The author conjures up worlds with complete authority and makes no secret of her angst at the injustices dealt to black women.” —The New York Times Book Review

The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony

The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony
Author: Joe Mulholland,Tom Hojnacki
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781480360853
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Release: 2013-08-01
Editor: Hal Leonard Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

(Berklee Guide). Learn jazz harmony, as taught at Berklee College of Music. This text provides a strong foundation in harmonic principles, supporting further study in jazz composition, arranging, and improvisation. It covers basic chord types and their tensions, with practical demonstrations of how they are used in characteristic jazz contexts and an accompanying recording that lets you hear how they can be applied.

Jazz Baby

Jazz Baby
Author: Lisa Wheeler
Pages: 40
ISBN: 0152025227
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Release: 2007
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.

Jazz Mergirl

Jazz Mergirl
Author: Bruce Edlen
Pages: 298
ISBN: 1515328260
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Release: 2015-09-05
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jazz Mergirl is the compelling true story of a transgender girl born in a boy's body. It tells how Jazz Jennings and her family navigate the challenging road of her transition into the bright and beautiful teen she is today. Jazz is an award-winning activist, author, artist, and TV Star of I Am Jazz. Learn how Jazz champions equal rights, courageously speaking out to build understanding and acceptance of transgender and other unique and special people. Jazz also encourages kids who are different to accept and love themselves. Teens and adults will be fascinated and engaged by Jazz Mergirl. This story will also interest parents, teachers, therapists, healthcare and child-service providers, and those in psychology and gender studies programs. Included are online resources, an extensive, user-friendly glossary, a Q&A section, and many photos. Although not an authorized biography, this book's profits go to support Jazz's TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation.