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Black Music

by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

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


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

"May be the best book ever written about jazz."—David Thomson, Los Angeles Times

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on...


Hear Me Talkin' to Ya

by Nat Shapiro & Nat Hentoff

In this marvelous oral history, the words of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Billy Holiday trace the birth, growth, and changes in jazz over the years.


Thelonious Monk

by Robin Kelley

The first full biography of legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk, written by a brilliant historian, with full access to the family's archives and with dozens of interviews. Now updated with an afterword for...


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...


Moondog

by Robert Scotto & Philip Glass

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


Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf

by Stacy Holman Jones

With an ethnographer's eye, Stacy Holman Jones provides a cultural critique of torch singing-describing the genre as a rich drama of passiveness, deception, desire, and resistance.


Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band

by Jeannie Gayle Pool, Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin

In Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band, Jeannie Gayle Pool profiles the fascinating life of this multi-talented saxophone player, arranger, bandleader, and advocate for women instrumental musicians. Based on oral...


Jazz in New Orleans: The Postwar Years Through 1970

by Charles Suhor

Jazz in New Orleans provides accurate information about, and an insightful interpretation of, jazz in New Orleans from the end of World War II through 1970.


Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

by Stanley Crouch

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley...


The Musical World of J.J. Johnson

by Joshua Berrett & Louis G. Bourgois Iii

Now in Paperback! J.J. Johnson, known as the spiritual father of modern trombone, has been a notable figure in the history of jazz. His career has embodied virtually every innovation and development in jazz...


The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor

by Billy Taylor

The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor: America's Classical Musician is the autobiography of the legendary jazz ambassador whose work spans more than six decades, from the heyday of 52nd Street in 1940s New York...


Swing Under the Nazis: Jazz as a Metaphor for Freedom

by Mike Zwerin

For a brief time in a Europe threatened and then occupied by Nazi Germany, jazz was heard as ubiquitously as rock 'n' roll is today.


Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde

by Lloyd Peterson

Music and the Creative Spirit is a book of interviews with today's innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde, including Pat Metheny, Regina Carter, Fred Anderson, John Zorn, Joshua Redman, and others....


Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967

by Don Rayno

In this second volume of Rayno’s magisterial treatment of the life and music of this remarkable maestro, Whiteman’s career during the second half of his life is explored in the fullest detail, as Whiteman...