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- Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 29.99
In The Last Balladeer , author Gregg Akkerman skillfully reveals the life-long achievements and occasional missteps of Johnny Hartman as an African-American artist dedicated to his craft. In the first full-length biography and discography to chronicle the rhapsodic life and music of Johnny Hartman, the author completes a previously missing dimension... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 29.95
Always riveting, Space Is the Place is the definitive biography of "one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz" ( The New York Times )?unparalleled for his purposeful outlandishness, a man who exerted a powerful influence over a vast array of artists. Sun Ra?a/k/a Herman Poole "Sonny Blount?was born in Alabama on May... more...
- Scarecrow Press 2008; US$ 40.99
In this collection of interviews originally published in CODA magazine, Jazz artists such as Lee Konitz, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, and John Tchicai talk about their dedication to the music and about their careers. Taken together, the interviews offer an insight in the development of jazz. more...
- Scarecrow Press 2001; US$ 54.99
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 over the past half-century. The first comprehensive biography, filmography, catalog of compositions, and discography of J.J. Johnson. more...
- Quercus 2013; US$ 16.95
From "Hot from Harlem" to "Goldfinger," the story of how a two-bit jazz singer from Cardiff became an immortal icon: In 1954, Shirley Bassey was seventeen years old. She had just returned from a cheesy revue tour called "Hot from Harlem". Depressed, disillusioned and four months? pregnant, she decided that her dream of being a professional singer... more...
- Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 74.99
The Story of Boogie-Woogie presents a comprehensive history of boogie-woogie from the early 20th century to the present, describing the style's appearance and development, its offshoots, and the pianists who made it famous, and studying its impact on rhythm and blues, urban blues, and big band swing, leading to the eventual revival of 'classical' boogie-woogie... more...
- LSU Press 2007; US$ 17.95
Drummer, record producer, bandleader, jazz researcher, and cigar-chomping raconteur Barry Martyn is a New Orleans original who happens to have been born in England. Implausible though this may seem, it makes perfect sense to members of the New Orleans traditional jazz community, who view themselves as an extended family based on merit as much as nativity.... more...
- Free Press 2009; US$ 18.00
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 flows of American history in the twentieth century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn,... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 20.99
John Coltrane's unique and powerful saxophone sound is commonly recognized among scholars and fans of Black American music and jazz as having a "spiritual" nature, imbued with the performer's soul, which deeply touches musicians and listeners worldwide. This revered and respected musician created new standards, linked tradition with... more...