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Gil Evans

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...Gil Evans, born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1912, became a nexus for the emerging bebop and bop-derivative jazz genres that came out of New York City. Raised in Stockton, California, Evans moved to New York City permanently in 1946....

Stan Kenton

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...As a pioneer of progressive jazz, the work of Stan Kenton transformed the fundamental trajectory of jazz through the 1970s and in the process he became one of the form’s pivotal cult figures. He was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1911...

Woody Herman

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...With a rotating group of musicians termed “the Herd,” Woody Herman became an innovator in big band jazz. Born in 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Herman sang in vaudeville performances from an early age and had learned to play the saxophone...
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...With a distinguished career that lasted over fifty years, Duke Ellington’s importance to the development of jazz in America and abroad cannot be overstated. Born to piano-playing parents in 1899 in Washington, D.C., Ellington began playing...

Symphonic Jazz

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Symphonic jazz is a hybrid musical genre for orchestra embodying elements of both classical music and jazz. Typically, this unique fusion is wrought by injecting jazz motifs and sounds into an established classical work or, alternatively...

Progressive Jazz

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...‘ Progressive jazz’ generally refers to a school of jazz composition and arranging from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, though this period could easily be extended back to the late 1930s and on through the late 1950s. Works...

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...