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Published: 28 May 1987

352 Pages | photos

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195050707

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Swing to Bop

An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s

Ira Gitler

This indispensable book brings us face to face with some of the most memorable figures in jazz history as it chronicles the transition from the big band era to the "bop" period of modern jazz in the late 1930s and '40s. Ira Gitler interviewed more than 50 leading jazz musicians who tell in their own words how "bop" music emerged and how it influenced their lives and work. Placing jazz in historical context, Gitler demonstrates how the mood of the nation in its post-Depression years, racial attitudes of the times, and World War II shaped the jazz of today.

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