Who were Satchmo, Dizzy, and Bird? What about the Count, the Duke, and the King of Swing? Miles and 'Trane? These are just a few of the great musicians who come to life in JAZZ Then & Now. While many books chronicle the history of jazz, few follow the music from its early forms to the modern day. Speaking directly to young musicians and listeners, veteran performer and educator Dr. David Lee Fish describes the personalities, cultural conditions, musical influences, and technologies that helped jazz emerge and evolve. Each of the book's 13 chapters covers an era in jazz history by focusing on the people who shaped the music, from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, and Jaco Pastorius to artists of today like Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, and Esperanza Spalding. Book jacket.