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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...


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...


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.


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.


Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism: Music, "Race," and Intellectuals in France, 1918-1945

by Jeremy F. Lane

Jeremy F. Lane's Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism is a bold challenge to the existing homogenous picture of the reception of American jazz in world-war era France. Lane's book closely examines the reception...


Jazzwomen Speak: Interviews with Six Musicians

by Wayne Enstice & Janis Stockhouse

A woman in jazz. How was she treated on- and offstage? What was it like to play with Dizzy Gillespie or Charlie Parker? What was the breakthrough moment in her career? How did she balance her personal and professional...


The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century

by Joachim-Ernst Berendt & Gunther Huesmann

Considered the most encyclopedic interpretive history of jazz available in one volume for more than 50 years, this reference has been completely revised and expanded to incorporate the dominant styles and musicians...


The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records

by Ashley Kahn

"A jazz-lover's delight."—Ray Olson, Booklist Noted jazz author Ashley Kahn brings to life the behind-the-scenes story of Impulse Records, one of the most significant record labels in the history of popular...


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...