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  • 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...

  • The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriterby Katherine Williams; Justin A. Williams

    Cambridge University Press 2016; US$ 24.00

    This Companion explores the historical and theoretical contexts of the singer-songwriter tradition, and includes case studies of singer-songwriters from Thomas d'Urfey through to Kanye West. more...

  • The Oxford Companion to Jazzby Bill Kirchner

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 26.99

    This colorful volume contains 60 unique essays written by top jazz performers, writers, and scholars. Both a reference book and an engaging read, the Companion surveys the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and Europe until the present. Along the way, each distinctive style and period is profiled by an expert in the field. The lives of the... more...

  • Spirits Rejoice!by Jason C. Bivins

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Spirits Rejoice! takes its name from a record by jazz saxophonist of the mid- 1960s, Albert Ayler--later used, with an exclamation point added, by Louis Moholo-Moholo--and is appropriated in Jason Bivins's book to express the overlap of religion and jazz music through history. Bivins explores themes that have resounded throughout the musical genre... more...

  • Murray Talks Musicby Albert Murray; Paul Devlin; Gary Giddins; Greg Thomas

    University of Minnesota Press 2016; Not Available

    The year 2016 will mark the centennial of the birth of Albert Murray (1916?2013), who in thirteen books was by turns a lyrical novelist, a keen and iconoclastic social critic, and a formidable interpreter of jazz and blues. Not only did his prizewinning study Stomping the Blues (1976) influence musicians far and wide, it was also a foundational... 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...

  • 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...

  • The Story of Boogie-Woogieby Peter J. Silvester

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 79.99

    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...

  • Walking with Legendsby Mick Burns; Bruce Boyd Raeburn

    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...