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Jazz Child

by Ellen Johnson

When Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the juke box of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard “Now’s The Time” by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked—and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. In...


Experiencing Jazz

by Michael Stephans

In Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion, writer, teacher, and renowned jazz drummer Michael Stephans offers a much-needed survey in the art of listening to and enjoying this dynamic, ever-changing art...


Torch Singing

by Stacy Holman Jones

In this innovative book, Stacy Holman Jones presents torch singing as a much more complicated phenomenon than the familiar trope of a woman lamenting her victimhood. With an ethnographer's eye, she observes...


Jazz in New Orleans

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. Suhor, relying on his experiences as a listener, a...


The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor

by Billy Taylor & Teresa L. Reed

Legendary jazz ambassador Dr. Billy Taylor's autobiography spans more than six decades, from the heyday of jazz on 52nd Street in 1940s New York City to CBS Sunday Morning. Taylor fought not only for the recognition...


Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967

by Don Rayno

In a career that spanned 60 years, Paul Whiteman changed the landscape of American music, beginning with his million-selling recordings in the early 1920s of “Whispering,” “Japanese Sandman,” and “Three...


Know It All Jazz

by Dave Gelly

For non-aficionados, jazz can be slippery and difficult to grasp. Jazz can leave a novice baffled, unsure how to listen, and with the question “How is it that they know what to play?”

Know-It-All Jazz takes...


Creative Possibilities for Contemporary Jazz Improvisation

by Olegario Diaz

This manual contains complementary information for that included in my previous texts regarding contemporary jazz improvisation techniques.

As we all know John Coltrane revolutionized the harmonic concept of...


The Loudest Trumpet

by Daniel Hardie

This is the story of Buddy Bolden, inventor of jazz, who was celebrated as king in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. It tells of his life, his career, and of the effect he had on the music of...


Exploring Early Jazz

by Daniel Hardie

About This Book

One night around 1897 they say Buddy Bolden stood up in a New Orleans Dance Hall and played the first hot blues. It was not until 1917 that the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz...


Jazz and Blues Musicians of South Carolina

by V Benjamin Franklin

From Jabbo Smith, Dizzy Gillespie, and Drink Small to Johnny Helms, Dick Goodwin, and Chris Potter, South Carolina has been home to an impressive number of regionally, nationally, and internationally known jazz...


Soundtrack to a Movement

by Richard Brent Turner

Explores how jazz helped propel the rise of African American Islam during the era of global Black liberation

Amid the social change and liberation of the civil rights and Black Power movements, the tenor saxophonist...


Jazz and Justice

by Gerald Horne

A galvanizing history of how jazz and jazz musicians flourished despite rampant cultural exploitation

The music we call ?jazz? arose in late nineteenth century North America?most likely in New Orleans?based...


Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness

by Edward W. Sarath

Using insights from Integral Theory, describes how the improvisational methods of jazz can inform education and other fields.

Jazz, America?s original art form, can be a catalyst for creative and spiritual development....


City Songs and American Life, 1900-1950

by Michael Lasser

Nothing defines the songs of the Great American Songbook more centrally than their urban sensibility. During the first half of the twentieth century, songwriters such as Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Dorothy...


Peggy Lee

by Tish Oney & John Chiodini

A June 2020 Library Journal Starred Review

Lee stood out among her peers as an exquisite singer possessing a cool vocal style, a songwriter frequently collaborating with leading composers of American jazz and...


Music to Silence to Music

by Barbara Frenz & Sonny Rollins

Biography of innovative American jazz bass player and poet Henry Grimes, described by Sonny Rollins as 'a serious, intense, and fearless musician'. He disappeared from view for years on the West Coast until...


Music to Silence to Music

by Barbara Frenz & Sonny Rollins

Biography of innovative American jazz bass player and poet Henry Grimes, described by Sonny Rollins as 'a serious, intense, and fearless musician'. He disappeared from view for years on the West Coast until...


Historical Dictionary of Jazz

by John S. Davis

Jazz is a music born in the United States and formed by a combination of influences. In its infancy, jazz was a melting pot of military brass bands, work songs and field hollers of the United States slaves during...


The History of Jazz

by Ted Gioia

An updated new edition of Ted Gioia's universally acclaimed history of jazz, with a wealth of new insight on this music's past, present, and future. Ted Gioia's The History of Jazz has been universally hailed...