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  • Mingus Speaksby John Goodman

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    Charles Mingus is among jazz?s greatest composers and perhaps its most talented bass player. He was blunt and outspoken about the place of jazz in music history and American culture, about which performers were the real thing (or not), and much more. These in-depth interviews, conducted several years before Mingus died, capture the composer?s spirit... more...

  • The Influence of John Coltrane’s Music on Improvising Saxophonistsby Andrew N. Sugg

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2014; US$ 179.95

    This book investigates the influence of Coltrane’s music on the improvising of post-Coltrane saxophonist by inspecting selected improvisations of Jerry Bergonzi and David Liebman and comparing them to improvisations by Coltrane on the same repertoire piece. more...

  • The Musical Novelby Emily Petermann

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 85.00

    Analyzes two groups of "musical novels" -- novels that take music as a model for their construction -- including jazz novels by Toni Morrison and Michael Ondaatje, and novels based on Bach's Goldberg Variations. more...

  • Jazzwomen Speakby Wayne Enstice; Janis Stockhouse

    Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 4.99

    A woman in jazz. How was she treated on- and offstage? What was it like to play with Dizzy Gillespie or Charlie Parker? What was the breakthrough moment in her career? How did she balance her personal and professional life? In six illuminating interviews, female jazz musicians answer these questions and more, discussing the challenges of being a woman... more...

  • Translating Jazz Into Poetryby Erik Redling

    De Gruyter Mouton 2015; US$ 140.00

    The study develops a new theoretical approach to the relationship between two media (jazz music and writing) and demonstrates its explanatory power with the help of a rich sampling of jazz poems. Challenging the mimetic approach to intermediality, this book promotes a cognitive metaphor model that allows readers to discover the innovative ways poets... more...

  • Revolt into Styleby George Melly

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.40

    'The first serious attempt to analyse pop culture by someone who was part of it.' Julian Mitchell, Guardian The redoubtable George Melly (1926-2007): flamboyant jazz singer, sexually ambiguous raconteur, prodigiously gifted critic. In the early sixties, at the birth of what we now recognise as the pop revolution, Melly began work as a broadsheet... more...

  • The Life and Music of Kenny Davernby Edward N. Meyer

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 74.99

    This is the first biography of jazz clarinetist Kenny Davern. Drawing from Davern's many interviews and the recollections of his friends and family, Meyer tells the story of the man and his music and why both were unique and irreplaceable. more...

  • George Russellby Duncan Heining

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 59.99

    George Russell: The Story of an American Composer is the first biography of one of the greatest figures in jazz, written with Russell's full cooperation. Extensively researched with interviews from friends, family members, musicians, associates, and commentators on jazz, the book contains valuable insights that reveal many previously unknown facts... more...

  • The Story of Boogie-Woogieby Peter J. Silvester

    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...

  • Born to Playby Thomas P. Hustad

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 94.99

    Ruby Braff?s uncompromising standards, musical taste, and creative imagination informed his consummate artistry in creating music beautifully played. He achieved swiftly what few musicians accomplish in a lifetime by developing a unique and immediately recognizable style. Although prepared in discographical style, capturing information about both... more...