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  • Bands, Booze And Broadsby Sheila Tracy

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 17.10

    In this captivating study of one of our most popular music genres, Sheila Tracy goes behind the scenes and talks to over 60 Americans who played with the most famous big bands - and who lived to tell the tale. This was no mean feat: swing music''s huge popularity brought the performers wild adulation and, for many, resorting to drugs and alcohol was... more...

  • Traditional New Orleans Jazzby Thomas W. Jacobsen

    LSU Press 2011; US$ 19.95

    About a century after its beginnings, traditional jazz remains the definitive music of New Orleans and an international hallmark of the city. Producing a long list of jazz legends from Lionel Ferbos?the city?s oldest working jazz musician?to Grammy winner Irvin Mayfield, the musical heritage of traditional jazz lives on through each player?s passion.... more...

  • The Blue Momentby Richard Williams

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    The essential companion to one of the most influential albums of all time. more...

  • New Atlantisby John Swenson

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 17.99

    At its most intimate level, music heals our emotional wounds and inspires us. At its most public, it unites people across cultural boundaries. But can it rebuild a city? That's the central question posed in New Atlantis, journalist John Swenson's beautifully detailed account of the musical artists working to save America's most colorful... more...

  • Glorious Days and Nightsby Herb Snitzer; Dan Morgenstern

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 35.00

    Glorious Days and Nights is a personal account of the fifty-year career of jazz photographer Herb Snitzer, with a special focus on his years in New York City from 1957 to 1964. A photojournalist for Life, Look, and Fortune , Snitzer was the photo editor and later associate editor of the influential jazz magazine Metronome . During the 1960s, politics,... more...

  • Magician of the Modernby Eugene R. Gaddis

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 35.00

    The story of Chick Austin is the story, in Virgil Thomson's words, of "a whole cultural movement in one man." Becoming director of Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum at the age of twenty-six, Austin immediately set about to introduce modern art to America and to transform this conservative insurance capital into a cultural mecca that would become the talk... more...

  • Improvising Jazzby Jerry Coker

    Touchstone 2010; Not Available

    With musical scores and helpful charts, noted jazz educator and featured jazz soloist, Jerry Coker, gives the beginning performer and the curious listener insights into the art of jazz improvisation. Improvising Jazz gives the beginning performer and the curious listener alike insights into the art of jazz improvisation. Jerry Coker, teacher... more...

  • But Beautifulby Geoff Dyer

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 13.29

    Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano. . . In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skilfully evokes the embattled lives of the players who shaped modern jazz. He draws on photos and anecdotes, but... more...

  • Cookin': Hard Bop and Soul Jazz 1954-65by Kenny Mathieson

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 15.79

    Following on from Giant Steps, comes the second instalment in Kenny Mathieson's series of jazz histories. Cookin' examines the birth and development of two of the key jazz styles of the post-war era, hard bop and its related offshoot, soul jazz. Hard bop was the most exciting jazz style of its day, and remains at the core of the modern jazz mainstream... more...

  • Giant Stepsby Kenny Mathieson

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 15.79

    Giant Steps examines the most important figures in the creation of modern jazz, detailing the emergence of bebop through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Using this as its starting point, Giant Steps subsequently delves into the developments of jazz composition, modal jazz and free jazz. The... more...