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Making the Scene: Contemporary New York City Big Band Jazz by Alex Stewart

Alex Stewart is a former freelance jazz musician who is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Vermont. Writing with a smooth style and in a concise, entertaining manner, Alex Stewart successfully gives the reader an in-depth look at big band jazz as it is in contemporary New York City.

Whether you are a jazz fan, or just love a good reading experience, this is the book for you! This book comes with a list of illustrations, list of tables, preface, authors note introduction eleven chapters appendix notes sources selected discography credits and index.

This well-constructed and well-written book examines the big band scene in New York City and looks behind the scenes to reveal the training rehearsals along with many other topics.

New directions in jazz composition are covered and a highly enlightening look at the all-women bands is detailed. Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly and others offer insights.

There is much to recommend this book. It is an outstanding one of a kind look at New York City big band happenings and history. It is entertaining and a sure pleasure to read.

If you are interested in big band this is a wonderful book to read. If you are looking for a gift for a friend or an ordering item for your local public library this is a book to consider. Readers will also take pleasure in the notes sources and selected discography material in this book.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Making the Scene: Contemporary New York City Big Band Jazz
  • Author: Alex Stewart
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Book Type:: Non-Fiction
  • ISBN: 9780520249547
  • Rating: Four Stars
  • Number of Pages: 398
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