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Jazz isn’t what you think it is. The accepted history is that it originated in New Orleans and was created by poor, oppressed people who had been brought in from all over the world. Different cultures mixed, and the music evolved. People made their own instruments or purchased ones from the Civil War at pawnshops. With its different influences, this music became “jass,” and then “jazz,” and moved north across America with the riverboats. This simplistic view satisfies many. But the story of jazz is much more complex.
In Jazz Uncovered, Sammy Stein tells the real story of jazz, and addresses questions such as who was the first jazz musician? What makes a jazz musician great? She also demystifies jazz terms and discusses the fascinating connection between hip-hop and jazz—from the ways each art form first developed, to how hip-hop and genres like classical and rock ’n’ roll have influenced and been influenced by jazz. She also looks at the powerful social and cultural influences of jazz as well as its bright future. Above all, Stein makes it clear that jazz is a music for all and is as relevant as ever.
Ultimately, this book is at once a people’s history and an engaging guide that will educate and delight both hard-core jazz fans and new fans alike. And one thing is certain―after reading it, you will never see jazz the same way again.