Get Started in Jazz offers something for everyone whose imagination has been captured by the exciting world of jazz. The book looks at the origins and development of jazz and gives an insight into its musical structures and the way in which it is played. It provides an essential guide for both the beginner and the more experienced musician or listener. This book introduces the music from a number of angles, including: - its musical and cultural history - its musical structure - the instruments upon which it is played - important practitioners and bands. Also has extracts from key works, to build your understanding and enhance your listening experience. Whether you read Get Started in Jazz from cover to cover or dip in for specific information, it will help you to improve your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the music and its culture.