Jazz: An American Journey places jazz music within its rich historical and cultural context. The book explains how and why jazz evolved as it did, as it emphasizes chronology, historical cause and effect, and the interactions between music and American history and culture. Presented from the point of view of the original participants (musicians, critics, and audiences), the book focuses on the music with fifty-five recorded examples that are accompanied by a listening chart, commentary, and analysis, all to provide a more vivid setting for jazz grounded in the time, place, and worldview of its creators. Features Historical, political, cultural, and economic context for each stylistic period presented helps students understand how jazz relates to larger currents in American history, politics, and culture. Contemporary Voices and Great DebatesContemporary Voices boxes contain quotations from people who lived during the period being discussed. Great Debates boxes summarize important controversies among jazz critics and scholars. Maps highlight important cities, regions, communities, and venues in jazz history to orient students to the geographical landscape of jazz. Matters of race, gender, and economic forces addressed directlyfor example, how black ideologies shaped musical development; contributions made by white musicians; and the widely ignored role of women in jazz. Listening Program Three-CD collection containing all the music discussed in Jazz: An American Journey The Prentice Hall Jazz Collection Compact Disc containing twelve additional historic jazz recordings. This item is FREE when packaged with the text.Harker, Brian is the author of 'Jazz An American Journey', published 2004 under ISBN 9780130982612 and ISBN 013098261X.