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Jazz

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  • Really the Bluesby Mezz Mezzrow; Bernard Wolfe; Ben Ratliff

    New York Review Books 2016; US$ 17.95

    Mezz Mezzrow was a boy from Chicago who learned to play the sax in reform school and pursued a life in music and a life of crime. He moved from Chicago to New Orleans to New York, working in brothels and bars, bootlegging, dealing drugs, getting hooked, doing time, producing records, and playing with the greats, among them Louis Armstrong, Bix... more...

  • Better Git It in Your Soulby Krin Gabbard

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    Charles Mingus is one of the most important?and most mythologized?composers and performers in jazz history. Classically trained and of mixed race, he was an outspoken innovator as well as a bandleader, composer, producer, and record-label owner. His vivid autobiography, Beneath the Underdog , has done much to shape the image of Mingus as something... more...

  • The Jazz Imageby K. Heather Pinson

    University Press of Mississippi 2010; US$ 50.00

    Typically a photograph of a jazz musician has several formal prerequisites: black and white film, an urban setting in the mid-twentieth century, and a black man standing, playing, or sitting next to his instrument. That's the jazz archetype that photography created. Author K. Heather Pinson discovers how such a steadfast script developed visually... more...

  • Ragged but Rightby Lynn Abbot; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 75.00

    The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest hits of the ragtime era weren?t Scott Joplin?s stately piano rags. ?Coon songs,? with their ugly name, defined ragtime for the masses, and played... more...

  • Free Jazz/Black Powerby Philippe Carles; Jean-Louis Comolli; Grégory Pierrot

    University Press of Mississippi 2015; US$ 65.00

    For the first time in English, the classic volume that developed a radical new understanding of free jazz and African American culture more...

  • Listen to Thisby Victor Svorinich

    University Press of Mississippi 2015; US$ 55.00

    The first close critical treatment of the album that shook jazz with its electric sound and rock-influenced style more...

  • Creole Tromboneby John McCusker

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 35.00

    The definitive biography of the great band leader and New Orleans jazz performer more...

  • American Popular Music in Britain's Rajby Bradley G. Shope

    Boydell & Brewer 2016; US$ 85.00

    The first systematic study to address the character and scope of American popular music in India during British rule. more...

  • How to Listen to Jazzby Ted Gioia

    Basic Books 2016; US$ 24.99

    An acclaimed music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz more...

  • Improvisation and Music Educationby Ajay Heble; Mark Laver

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This book offers compelling new perspectives on the revolutionary potential of improvisation pedagogy. Bringing together contributions from leading musicians, scholars, and teachers from around the world, the volume articulates how improvisation can breathe new life into old curricula; how it can help teachers and students to communicate more effectively;... more...