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...As an arranger and saxophonist, Gerry Mulligan brought a unique style to the development of cool jazz in the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Queens, New York City in 1927, and his father relocated the family to Ohio where they employed...

West Coast Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...West Coast jazz was a term used in the popular media of 1950s and 1960s to refer to what was perceived as a distinctively Californian approach to jazz. California had been closely linked to jazz since its earliest days, with both San...

Cool Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...A jazz movement of the 1950s, cool jazz emerged at a time when the up-tempo, virtuosic extremes of an earlier style, bebop, had fallen out of public favor following a brief commercial breakthrough in the mid-1940s, and modern jazz found...

Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...Jazz emerged as a distinct musical form in the United States in the early decades of the twentieth century and is primarily of African-American origin. Its early influences are held to encompass elements of African and European music...