Jazz: The First Century

by John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop

Often referred to as America's classical music, jazz signified a new form of musical expression that illustrates the pace of the twentieth century. Edited by the Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution, John Edward Hasse, Jazz: The First Century illustrates the circumstance surrounding jazz, illuminates its contributors, and conveys the many varieties that it takes, from cool jazz and improvisation to fusion and hip-hop. This landmark collection also examines the overlap between jazz and other art forms such as film, literature, painting and dance, as well as television and radio.