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- Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.87
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...
- Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 24.99 US$ 21.49
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 being rereleased in an expanded edition.The new edition retains a number of famous pieces from the original volume, some in expanded form, such as Lees's classic... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 7.39
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...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- University Press of Mississippi 2014; US$ 60.00
The book Jazzmen (1939) claimed New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz and introduced the legend of Buddy Bolden as the ?First Man of Jazz.? Much of the information that the book relied on came from a highly controversial source: Bunk Johnson. He claimed to have played with Bolden and that together they had pioneered jazz. Johnson made many recordings... more...