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Three-Note Voicings and Beyond

by Randy Vincent

Randy Vincent's second Sher Music Co. book covers every aspect of the crucial three-note voicings every guitarist needs to know. It has received glowing endorsements from Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Mike Stern, Ben...


Miles Davis

by Brian Morton

Miles Davis (1926-91) was one of the great jazz musicians, bandleaders and composers.  His recordings include several of the most acclaimed and popular jazz album, from the relaxed style of Birth of the Cool...


The Improvisation Studies Reader: Spontaneous Acts

by Ajay Heble & Rebecca Caines

Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary...


Black Music

by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

The long-awaited reissue of the sequel to Amiri Baraka's seminal work, Blues People.


The Jazzer's Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Players and Teachers

by Hal Leonard Corp.

(Meredith Music Resource). A "must have" exciting collection of favorite tips from 57 of today's most outstanding educators, performers, and industry pros in the jazz education world. This is an ideal source...


The Real Book - Volume IV: E-flat Edition

by Hal Leonard Corp.

(Fake Book). Since the 1970s, The Real Book has been the most popular book for gigging jazz musicians. Hal Leonard is proud to publish completely legal and legitimate editions of the original volumes as well...


Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz

by Randall Sandke

Sandke tackles the stubborn and controversial question of whether jazz is the product of an insulated African-American environment, shut off from the rest of society by strictures of segregation and discrimination;...


Jazz Books in the 1990s: An Annotated Bibliography

by Janice Leslie Hochstat Greenberg

This annotated bibliography contains over 700 entries covering adult non-fiction books on jazz published from 1990 through 1999. Entries are organized by category, including biographies, history, individual...


But Beautiful

by Geoff Dyer

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively...


Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years

by Olegario Diaz

This theoretical book is meant to improve contemporary jazz styles techniques for all musician players of modern jazz. These exercises were made as an extension of my book "240 Chromatic Exercises + 1165 Jazz...


Louis Armstrong's New Orleans

by Thomas Brothers

"The best book ever produced about Louis Armstrong by anyone other than the man himself."—Terry Teachout, Commentary In the early twentieth century, New Orleans was a place of colliding identities and histories,...


Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State

by Dave Oliphant

Jazz is one of America's greatest gifts to the arts, and native Texas musicians have played a major role in the development of jazz from its birth in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie to its most contemporary...


Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now

by Robert Gottlieb

"Comprehensive and intelligently organized. . . .  Jazz aficionados . . . should be grateful to have so much good writing on the subject in one place."--The New York Times Book Review

"Alluring. . . . Capture[s]...


Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

by Robin Kelley

THELONIOUS MONK is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist’s struggle to “make it” without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and...


Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion

by Michael Stephans

Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz takes place on a deeply personal level and takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument—offering not only brief portraits...


Jazz in American Culture

by Burton W. Peretti

The first compact history of jazz to place it within broader context. With an eye on the music, the musicians, and the audience, Mr. Peretti traces the emergence of jazz and follows its progress to the present,...


The Making of Kind of Blue

by Eric Nisenson

From the moment it was recorded more than 40 years ago, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue was hailed as a jazz classic. To this day it remains the bestselling jazz album of all time, embraced by fans of all musical...


Clawing at the Limits of Cool

by Salim Washington & Farah Jasmine Griffin

When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested...


Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker

by Chuck Haddix

A true portrait of the troubled jazz genius


Moondog

by Robert Scotto & Philip Glass

The revised edition biography of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating and original artists.