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‘Discover Jazz’: New Book Contextualizes the History of Jazz

John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop coauthor textbook

Experienced jazz writers John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop have coauthored the new jazz history text Discover Jazz. Published by Pearson, the book weaves together narratives of musicians, historical events and social movements, covering contributions from both men and women and the globalization of the jazz genre, discussing the impact of jazz in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Discover Jazz is accompanied by Pearson’s interactive MyMusicLab, a program that allows readers to accompany their reading experience with viewing and listening. Live performances and documentaries help to flesh out the text by providing examples of the music discussed. “Discover Jazz reflects our view that jazz is as exciting now as ever,” said Hasse. “We use all the instructional tools currently available to bring that idea to life for students, so they gain insight not just into the what, who, when and where of jazz, but also the how and why.”

Hasse has served as the Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History since 1984. His previous books include Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington and the book-and-six-disc set Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology. Lathrop has written, produced or edited more than 50 books on music. He gives lectures on music and the recording industry at colleges and professional conferences and also plays the guitar.

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