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  • Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Manby Marcus Baram

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 27.99

    A biography of highly esteemed soul and jazz artist Gil Scott-Heron. more...

  • The Jazz Sceneby Eric Hobsbawm

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    From 1955-65 the historian Eric Hobsbawm took the pseudonym 'Francis Newton' and wrote a monthly column for the New Statesman on jazz - music he had loved ever since discovering it as a boy in 1933 ('the year Adolf Hitler took power in Germany'). Hobsbawm's column led to his writing a critical history, The Jazz Scene (1959). This enhanced... more...

  • Hear Me Talkin' to Yaby Nat Shapiro; Nat Hentoff

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 16.95

    "A work of considerable substance." ? The New Yorker . In this marvelous oral history, the words of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Billy Holiday trace the birth, growth, and changes in jazz over the years. Includes excerpts from hundreds of personal interviews, letters, tapes, and articles. more...

  • Singers and the Song IIby Gene Lees

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 18.99

    Gene Lees is probably the best jazz essayist in America today, and the book that consolidated his reputation was Singers and the Song, which appeared in 1987. Now this classic volume is available in an expanded edition that retains a number of famous pieces from the original volume, including his marvelous essay on lyric writing, his piece on the art... more...

  • Open Skyby Eric Nisenson

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    Sonny Rollins is arguably the most influential tenor saxophonist that jazz has produced. He began his musical career at the tender age of eleven, and within five short years he was playing with the legendary Thelonius Monk. In the late forties (before his twenty-first birthday), Rollins was in full swing, recording with jazz luminaries such as Charlie... more...

  • So You Want to Sing Jazzby Jan Shapiro

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 34.99

    In So You Want to Sing Jazz , singer and professor of voice Jan Shapiro gives a guided tour through the art and science of the jazz vocal style. Throughout, Shapiro hones in on what makes jazz singing distinctive, suggesting along the way how other types of singers can make use of jazz. She looks at such key matters in jazz singing as the role... more...

  • Coltraneby Ben Ratliff

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 14.57

    No other jazz musician has proved so inspirational and so fascinating as Coltrane. Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for the New York Times, has written the first book to do justice to this great and controversial music pioneer. As well as an elegant narrative of Coltrane's life Ratliff does something incredibly valuable - he writes about the saxophonist's... more...

  • Swingin' on Central Avenueby Peter Vacher

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 54.99

    Through their own words, Vacher tells their story in Los Angeles, offering along the way a close look at the role the black musicians union played in their lives while also taking on jazz historiography?s comparative neglect of these West Coast players. more...

  • Knowing Jazzby Ken Prouty

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 55.00

    Ken Prouty argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz's identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or fan understands jazz differently, based on each individual's unique experiences and insights. Through playing, listening, reading, and talking about... 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,... more...