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📒Being Jazz ✍ Jazz Jennings
📝Being Jazz Book Synopsis : Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens” of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths. “[Jazz’s] touching book serves as a rallying cry for understanding and acceptance.”—Bustle 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. PRAISE FOR JAZZ JENNINGS: “Jazz is one of the transgender community's most important activists.” —Cosmopolitan “A role model for teens everywhere.” —Seventeen.com “Wise beyond her years.” —Teen Vogue
📒The Complications Of Being Jazz ✍ J a Nicholls
📝The Complications of Being Jazz Book Synopsis : What if meeting one's soul mate is not just a hopeful romantic notion but part of the divine plan to save our immortal souls? This is the dilemma facing Jazz Delahunt when Mitch Davidson walks up the beach and into her life. Jazz knows instantly that Mitch is her soul mate, but is he really? Mitch is hauling serious baggage and Jazz herself isn't exactly footloose and fancy free. Indications are this is going to be one crowded relationship. But Jazz doesn't know the half of it. A soul named Sene claims that Mitch is the reincarnation of Joshua, her lover from a previous life. She wants Joshua back - and is now using Jazz to do it.
📒What Is This Thing Called Jazz ✍ Batt Johnson
📝What Is This Thing Called Jazz Book Synopsis : There is no better authority on jazz than the creators, educators, and writers who have made this enigmatic musical style a major force internationally as well as in American history. The answer to the question what is jazz? is as complex and diverse as those involved in it. This book takes the question to noted musicians, scholars, and composers, creating a documentary style of oral history that makes you feel as if you are actually in the room as they put the sounds they know as music into words. The ideas from these authentic, personal voices of authority provide a unique perspective that will enlighten the novice and stimulate the professional. Ron Carter, Bassist-Because they are improvising does not necessarily mean that it is jazz Buddy Rich,Drums-Trane to Bird, Diz to Miles, all in the family of jazz, just different children. Ray Charles, Singer/Pianist-Jazz is the freedom to do what you want within the confines of the chord structure. Milt Jackson, Vibraphonist-"The era of bebop represents jazz to me. Chet Baker, Trumpet-Paris Jazz is a hard swinging rhythm section with everybody playing with the same time feeling.
📒A New Objective Pro Objectivity Normative Theory ✍ Frederick Farrand
📝A New Objective Pro Objectivity Normative Theory Book Synopsis : This book tries to solve fundamental normative moral, social, political, educational, legal, etc. problems. It defends a uniquely evidence-based, objective theory. Part I mainly explains and defends the theory's foundation and general guidelines. Part II discusses specific practical applications at length.
📒Cultural Codes ✍ Bill Banfield
📝Cultural Codes Book Synopsis : No art can survive without an understanding of, and dedication to, the values envisioned by its creators. No culture over time has existed without a belief system to sustain its survival. Black music is no different. In Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy, William C. Banfield engages the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings that inform this critical component of our social consciousness. By providing a focused examination of the historical development of Black music artistry, Banfield formulates a useable philosophy tied to how such music is made, shaped, and functions. In so doing, he explores Black music culture from three angles: history, education, and the creative work of the musicians who have moved the art forward. In addition to tracing Black music from its African roots to its various contemporary expressions, including jazz, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop, Banfield profiles some of the most important musicians over the last century: W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, John Coltrane, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Cultural Codes provides an educational and philosophical framework for students and scholars interested in the traditions, the development, the innovators, and the relevance of Black music.
📒Life Lessons From The Horn ✍ Sam Newsome
📝Life Lessons from the Horn Book Synopsis : Life Lessons from the Horn is collection of compelling essays revealing saxophonist Sam Newsome’s unique insights as an artist, educator, and jazz musician of the 21st Century. Mr. Newsome, who teaches jazz studies at LIU Brooklyn, brings to each chapter, decades of experience of as an important figure on the New York jazz scene as well as his numerous years as educator in the classroom. Mr. Newsome teamed up with acclaimed jazz writer Howard Mandel to turn what he describes as "rough cuts" from his blog, into "book-worthy" set of reads. Jazz writer Kevin Whitehead describes Life Lessons from the Horn as a book "that’ll make you a better musician (and maybe even a better person)." If you are young musician serious about jazz, or if you're a seasoned professional looking for inspiration thoughts, this book has a little bit for everybody. "I wish that I had this book when I was much younger, as I’d probably be further along in my studies by now!" says Ethan Iverson, pianist and composer and writer of the blog Do the Math.
📒Mind Of Her Own ✍ Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
📝Mind of Her Own Book Synopsis : Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is this Collin fellow, claiming she is his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name can’t be Louisa. Why, she is the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.
📒Through These Eyes ✍ Suzee Marincic
📝Through These Eyes Book Synopsis : Through These Eyes is a collection of work from a traveler of life. During our days we all must travel and journey through an assortment of phases and stages until we inevitably come upon the path of growing into our true inner self. This book is the first process of that development, the first stage of that growing and discovering. It begins with a young girl, who takes on life while being guided by senses and embarks on her inner growth of Light while writing along the way to help express herself through life lessons. Motherhood found her at an early age and that birth gave her a re-birth with life and inspiration to write Through These Eyes, with hopes to help guide her son and introduce herself to him not only as his mother but as an everyday soul and in this first step begin to define a new meaning of what living is. This book of chronicles shows the humans way of traveling through, pain, tears, confusion, wondering, succeeding, smiling and simply...living. It introduces a real soul with real raw emotions with no holding back on her universal struggles to reach her full growth and altogether when it’s all said and done it comes down to holding Light and Hope for this world.
📒Saying Something ✍ Ingrid Monson
📝Saying Something Book Synopsis : This fresh look at the neglected rhythm section in jazz ensembles shows that the improvisational interplay among drums, bass, and piano is just as innovative, complex, and spontaneous as the solo. Ingrid Monson juxtaposes musicians' talk and musical examples to ask how musicians go about "saying something" through music in a way that articulates identity, politics, and race. Through interviews with Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Sir Roland Hanna, Billy Higgins, Cecil McBee, and others, she develops a perspective on jazz improvisation that has "interactiveness" at its core, in the creation of music through improvisational interaction, in the shaping of social communities and networks through music, and in the development of cultural meanings and ideologies that inform the interpretation of jazz in twentieth-century American cultural life. Replete with original musical transcriptions, this broad view of jazz improvisation and its emotional and cultural power will have a wide audience among jazz fans, ethnomusicologists, and anthropologists.
📒Being Prez ✍ Dave Gelly
📝Being Prez Book Synopsis : Lester Young was one of the great jazz masters, and his impact on the course of the art form was profound. He fundamentally changed the way the saxophone was played--his long, flowing lines brought new levels of expressiveness and subtlety to the jazz language, setting the standard for all modern players. In Being Prez, renowned British critic Dave Gelly follows Lester Young through his life in a rapidly changing world, showing how the music of this exceptionally sensitive man was shaped by his experiences. The reader meets a complicated, vulnerable, gentle individual who was brought up in his father's traveling carnival band. His early career was spent in the nightclubs and dancehalls of Kansas City and the Southwest, and he made his landmark recording debut at the peak of the Swing Era. But at the height of his powers, he was drafted into the US Army, where racism and his own unworldliness landed him in military prison. Following these events, Young grew increasingly withdrawn and suspicious, changes in his character reflected in the darkening mood of his music. Gelly, himself a jazz saxophonist, examines many of Young's classic recordings in illuminating detail. He reveals how as a saxophonist--and as major contributor to the Count Basie band--Young created a strong personal voice, a cool modernism, and a new rhythmic flexibility in the freely dancing rhythms of 4-beat swing. With his sax jutting oddly to one side, his bizarre oblique use of language, and his unique musical rapport with Billie Holiday (who famously nicknamed him "Prez"), Lester Young has become an icon and a cult figure. This marvelous biography illuminates the life and work of this giant of jazz.