Rulers of Jazz 12” Ruler

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Rulers of Jazz 12” Ruler

From Scott Joplin to Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald to Bobby McFerrin, this clever wooden ruler lists a who’s who of some of your favorite jazz legends. The ruler has inches and centimeters on one side and the list of jazz “rulers” on the other.

A combination of African American musical traditions, European harmonic language, and West African rhythms, jazz is a uniquely and unambiguously American art form. And as a result, the people listed on this ruler are – with a few notable exceptions – Americans.

Each artist is listed with their birth and death years as well as their instrument of choice – though many jazz performers were competent on more than one instrument, and many of them also wrote music. Duke Ellington (1899-1974), listed as a pianist, was one of jazz music’s greatest composers. Chet Baker (1929-1988) was known as a trumpet player, but he also sang wonderfully well. Count Basie (1904-1984) and Benny Goodman (1909-1986), besides being instrumentalists, were brilliant bandleaders.

The list focuses mainly on early jazz musicians, but there are also some terrific players and composers working today. Jazz lives!

The “head” image is of New Orleans’ favorite son, Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), a virtuoso trumpet and cornet player with a sophisticated improvisation technique and a gravelly voice. The illustration was influenced by the many photographs made of Armstrong by his friend Jack Bradley, which can be seen in the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York.

  • American-grown basswood
  • 12” long
  • Made in the USA


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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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