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  • How to Listen to Jazz

  • Written by: Ted Gioia
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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How to Listen to Jazz

Written by: Ted Gioia
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
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Publisher's Summary

A "radiantly accomplished" music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz (Wall Street Journal).

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-listen for anyone who's ever wanted to understand and better appreciate America's greatest contribution to music.

©2017 Ted Gioia (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"A radiantly accomplished writer.... Gioia conveys his passion for the music with vivid description and shrewd judgements." ( Wall Street Journal)

"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." (Economist)

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enlightening

I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially the last chapter on today's music scene. It would have been so much better with attached music files rather than references to find and listen to.

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How to Listen to Jazz is a delight

I truly enjoyed the flow, the stories, the suggestions.
I am almost 60 years old. For the first time, I got to understand why I love jazz so much...
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  • Mitch Foster
  • 2020-02-28

Kind of useless as an audiobook.

Unlike the book I just finished about classical music, this audiobook has no music. Descriptions of what I should be hearing would be very useful if I had a PDF that I could go to afterwards. The PDF included with this one gives a list of artists, but no references to what was discussed in the book, or where I could go to in the book to find it again. So essentially what you get is a lot of verbal descriptions of songs.

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  • J. Winokur
  • 2019-02-24

Not really a "how to"

This is more of a history than a guide to listening. Goia's histories are good.

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  • Donna
  • 2019-10-10

Loved everything about the material in this book!

The history, advice, and interpretations were all expertly helpful. I did wish there was access to the Pdf of present and future jazz greats.

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  • James P. Monast
  • 2018-05-31

Perfect for a jazz newbie

I know next to nothing about jazz, so picked up this book after a recommendation from someone else. I found it to be an excellent overview of jazz with great narration by a jazz cat. I would highly recommend this book to provide some basics concerning the different varieties and history of jazz music.

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  • Emil Grancagnolo
  • 2019-06-05

a must for any Jazz listener

I absolutely loved it listening to the Arc of the explanation I was able to recall my own experience listening to all of these great artists

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  • ms
  • 2022-08-25

Solid Introduction

This book is a solid introduction to listening to Jazz. I know a little music theory and can play a couple of instruments badly. I wish there was something that had just a little more of a technical aspect to it, which I believe Mr. Gioia could easily provide. His book about Jazz Standards is also good as a reference when listening or playing.

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  • Josh
  • 2022-07-05

A great book

A great review of the genre, including a discussion of form and major innovators and deviants. Useful even to an intermediate musician just getting into playing jazz. It's easy to get lost, but this book serves as a simple and effective anchor.

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  • nadav izhaky
  • 2021-09-13

Excellent work

An important book that actually teaches listening strategies. passionately read. a must read for anyone who is interested in getting into jazz.

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  • Christie Ann Seeley
  • 2020-11-05

Love Jazz, now I understand why!

I have been listening to jazz for many years now. I even write about local jazz musicians to promote their performances. I loved the way Ted Gioia treated his presentation. His vocabulary is rich and evocative. His enthusiasm infectious. His rich knowledge enviable. Listen. You will be happy you did.

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  • Buyer
  • 2023-01-29

The smooth jazz voice is too much

I am so interested in what the book has to say, but I can’t hear it through the soft porn smooth jazz voice of the narrator. So I guess I’ll never know How to Listen to Jazz since I can’t Listen To This Narrator.