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  • The History of Jazzby Ted Gioia

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 12.99 US$ 11.17

    On its initial release, The History of Jazz was heralded as a classic: it was honored as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times . Now Gioia brings the story up-to-date, drawing on his latest research and covering the full spectrum of the music's past, present,... more...

  • What Is This Thing Called Jazz?by Eric Porter

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95 US$ 12.76

    Despite the plethora of writing about jazz, little attention has been paid to what musicians themselves wrote and said about their practice. An implicit division of labor has emerged where, for the most part, black artists invent and play music while white writers provide the commentary. Eric Porter overturns this tendency in his creative intellectual... more...

  • Jazz Mattersby David Ake

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    What, where, and when is jazz? To most of us jazz means small combos, made up mostly of men, performing improvisationally in urban club venues. But jazz has been through many changes in the decades since World War II, emerging in unexpected places and incorporating a wide range of new styles. In this engrossing new book, David Ake expands on the discussion... more...

  • I Wish You Loveby Gloria Lynne; Karen Chilton

    Tom Doherty Associates 2000; US$ 8.99 US$ 7.19

    I Wish You Love is the inspiring story ofa courageous woman overcoming terrible adversities--a story of triumph over tragedy, of heartbreaking and heart-mending and a jazz career that would span four decades.It is also an important piece of American history, a first-hand account of the African-American music experience during the second half of... more...

  • Reel Historyby Stephen Farina; Stephen Farina

    Wesleyan University Press 2012; US$ 16.99

    Striking visual account of jazz in the 1960s and 1970s more...

  • The Jazz Standardsby Ted Gioia

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 26.99 US$ 23.21

    Ted Gioia's first new jazz book since The History of Jazz , The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, is a comprehensive handbook to the 250 most important jazz compositions. The book highlights the most popular jazz standards, tells their story, explains their role in jazz, and serves as a gateway to the historic recordings that made these... more...

  • The Making of Kind of Blueby Eric Nisenson

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 19.99

    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 genres. The album represented a true watershed moment in jazz history, and helped to usher in the first great jazz revolution since bebop. ... more...

  • Jazz in Its Timeby Martin Williams

    Oxford University Press 1991; US$ 34.99 US$ 30.09

    From record album liner notes to serious academic pieces, Martin Williams has been perceptively chronicling the development of jazz for over three decades. In this, his newest collection of jazz writings, Williams brings together many of his best pieces and covers new ground, with short columns on Teddy Wilson and George Winston and a longer article,... more...

  • Chicago Jazzby William Howland Kenney

    Oxford University Press 1994; US$ 39.99 US$ 34.39

    The setting is the Royal Gardens Cafe. It's dark, smoky. The smell of gin permeates the room. People are leaning over the balcony, their drinks spilling on the customers below. On stage, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong roll on and on, piling up choruses, the rhythm section building the beat until tables, chairs, walls, people, move with the rhythm.... more...

  • Jazzby James Lincoln Collier

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 39.99 US$ 34.39

    Praised by the Washington Post as a "tough, unblinkered critic," James Lincoln Collier is probably the most controversial writer on jazz today. His acclaimed biographies of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman continue to spark debate in jazz circles, and his iconoclastic articles on jazz over the past 30 years have attracted even more... more...