In addition to looking at the structure of jazz and explaining what qualities to look for in a piece, the author provides a complete chronology of the growth of jazz, from its beginnings in the rags of Scott Joplin; the New Orleans style of the 1920s made famous by Bessie Smith, Bix Beiderbecke, and Louis Armstrong; the Swing Era with Benny Goodman, and Art Tatum; Be-Bop, post Be-Bop; to the greats of Modern Jazz, including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, and Wes Montgomery.
Also includes a list of suggested recordings, a section on the improvised solo, and a complete glossary of jazz terms, How to Listen to Jazz offers you a complete introduction to the entire jazz experience . . . the music and those who make it.