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  • The Last Balladeerby Gregg Akkerman

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    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...

  • Louis Armstrongby Laurence Bergreen

    Crown/Archetype 2012; US$ 27.00

    Louis Armstrong was the founding father of jazz and one of this century's towering cultural figures, yet the full story of his extravagant life has never been told. Born in 1901 to the sixteen-year-old daughter of a slave, he came of age among the prostitutes, pimps, and rag-and-bone merchants of New Orleans.  He married four times and enjoyed countless... more...

  • The Musical World of J.J. Johnsonby Joshua Berrett; III Louis G. Bourgois

    Scarecrow Press 2001; US$ 62.99

    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...

  • Clawing at the Limits of Coolby Salim Washington; Farah Jasmine Griffin

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 6.79

    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 John Coltrane. What might have seemed like a minor decision at the time would instead set the course not just for each of their careers but for... more...

  • Louis Armstrongby James Lincoln Collier

    Oxford University Press 1985; US$ 49.99

    Louis Armstrong was more than a great entertainer--he was one of the most important musicians of our times, not only a key figure in the history of jazz but also a formative influence on all of twentieth-century popular music. James Lincoln Collier, author of The Making of Jazz chronicles the saga of Armstrong's rise as a musician, providing a unique,... more...

  • Reading Jazzby Robert Gottlieb

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 27.50

    "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] much of the breadth of the music, as well as the passionate debates it has stirred, more vividly than any other jazz anthology to date."--... more...

  • But Beautifulby Geoff Dyer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 11.90

    "May be the best book ever written about jazz."?David Thomson, Los Angeles Times 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 reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some... more...

  • French Music and Jazz in Conversationby Deborah Mawer

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    This book explores the historical-cultural interactions between French concert music and American jazz across 1900?65, from both perspectives. more...

  • Jazz Musicians, 1945 to the Presentby David Dicaire

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2006; US$ 39.95

    From its very beginnings, the nature of jazz has been to reinvent itself. As the musical genre evolved from its roots--blues, European music, Voodoo ceremonies, and brass bands that played at funerals, parades and celebrations--the sound reflected the tenor of the times, from the citified strains of the Roaring '20s to the Big Band swing of pre-World... more...

  • The Thelonious Monk Readerby Rob van der Bliek

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 21.99

    Of all the major jazz artists, Thelonious Monk was one of the most original musical thinkers--nonconformist, idiosyncratic, imaginative, eccentric--in a word, unique. In The Thelonious Monk Reader , Rob van der Bliek has brought together some of the most revealing pieces ever written on Monk, providing a full portrait of the musician and his impact... more...