John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop, Discover Jazz and Thomas E. Larson, History and Tradition of Jazz

John Behling


Jazz history texts address two different audiences: jazz performance majors whose first commitment is to their lessons and ensembles, and non-majors interested in satisfying cultural studies requirements. Discover Jazz by John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop takes a broad, culturally grounded view of jazz, while History and Tradition of Jazz by Tomas E. Larson takes a more nuts-and-bolts approach that focuses on the history of styles and musicians, accompanied by a simpler and shorter discussion of jazz’s historical and cultural contexts. Both books target general audiences and are intended for introductory courses.


jazz history; textbook

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ISSN 2155-109X