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"Do You Know...?" By Robert R. Faulkner

"Do You Know...?"
by Robert R. Faulkner

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A portrait of the musician at work. It dishes out entertaining stories and sharp insights drawn from the authors' own experiences and observations as well as interviews with a range of musicians. It is suitable for those who have to think on the spot or under a spotlight.
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"Do You Know...?" Summary


"Do You Know...?": The Jazz Repertoire in Action by Robert R. Faulkner

Every night, somewhere in the world, three or four musicians will climb on stage together. Whether the gig is at a jazz club, a bar, or a bar mitzvah, the performance never begins with a note, but with a question. The trumpet player might turn to the bassist and ask, 'Do you know "Body and Soul"?' - and from there the subtle craft of playing the jazz repertoire is tested in front of a live audience. These ordinary musicians may have never played together - they may have never even met - so how do they smoothly put on a show without getting booed off the stage? In "Do You Know...?" Robert R. Faulkner and Howard S. Becker - both jazz musicians with decades of experience performing - present the view from the bandstand, revealing the array of skills necessary for working musicians to do their jobs. While learning songs from sheet music or by ear helps, the jobbing musician's lexicon is dauntingly massive: hundreds of thousands of tunes from jazz classics and pop standards to more exotic fare. Since it is impossible for anyone to memorize all of these songs, Faulkner and Becker show that musicians collectively negotiate and improvise their way to a successful performance. Players must explore each others' areas of expertise, develop an ability to fake their way through unfamiliar territory, and respond to the unpredictable demands of their audience - whether an unexpected gang of polka fanatics or a tipsy father of the bride with an obscure favorite song. "Do You Know...?" dishes out entertaining stories and sharp insights drawn from the authors' own experiences and observations as well as interviews with a range of musicians. Faulkner and Becker's vivid, detailed portrait of the musician at work holds valuable lessons for anyone who has to think on the spot or under a spotlight.

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"Do You Know...?" Reviews


"This book consists of a seamless blend of anecdotes and analysis, filled with delight and insight. Robert Faulkner and Howard Becker, writing from their twin perspectives of professional jazz players and renowned scholars, offer an unprecedented understanding of the interpersonal dynamics of jazz performance." - Barry Kernfeld, editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz"

About Robert R. Faulkner


Robert R. Faulkner is professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of Music on Demand: Composers and Careers in the Hollywood Film Industry. Howard S. Becker is the author of several books, including Telling About Society, Tricks of the Trade, and Art Worlds. Together with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett they are coeditors of Art from Start to Finish: Jazz, Painting, Writing, and Other Improvisations.

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GOR008818761
"Do You Know...?": The Jazz Repertoire in Action by Robert R. Faulkner
Robert R. Faulkner
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
2009-09-18
216
0226239217
9780226239217
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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