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Meet the Great Jazz Legends introduces a new generation of music enthusiasts to 17 legendary jazz artists who have enriched the world with their incredible talents. Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy's illuminating stories about the lives, times, and music of these great jazz musicians span the entire twentieth century-from early New Orleans Jazz through the Golden Age of Swing, plus the avant-garde and jazz fusion eras. Meet the Great Jazz Legends includes units on Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, and Herbie Hancock. With the included CD, students can listen to examples of each legend's recordings in order to fully understand the beauty of jazz music.