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  • Historical Dictionary of Jazzby John S. Davis

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 99.99

    The Historical Dictionary of Jazz covers the history of Jazz through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,500 cross-referenced entries on significant jazz performers, band leaders, bands, venues, record labels, recordings, and the different styles of jazz. This book is an excellent... more...

  • Kansas City Lightningby Stanley Crouch

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America. Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American... more...

  • Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Musicby Barry Mazor

    Chicago Review Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous?even revolutionary?A&R man and music publisher who changed the breadth and flavor of popular music in the United States and around the world. It is the story of the life and 50-year career of the man who was crucial in discovering star musicians and establishing the genres of blues, jazz,... more...

  • But Beautifulby Geoff Dyer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 16.99

    In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down... 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$ 20.79

    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$ 20.79

    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...

  • Footprintsby Michelle Mercer

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 14.95

    Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain, he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination. Throughout Shorter's extraordinary fifty-year career, his compositions have helped define the sounds of each distinct era in the history of jazz. Filled with musical analysis by... more...

  • The Jazz Imageby Heather K. Pinson

    University Press of Mississippi 2010; US$ 50.00

    Typically a photograph of a jazz musician has several formal prerequisites: black and white film, an urban setting in the mid-twentieth century, and a black man standing, playing, or sitting next to his instrument. That's the jazz archetype that photography created. Author K. Heather Pinson discovers how such a steadfast script developed visually... more...

  • Michael Bubleby Juliet Peel

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 19.62

    Michael Bublé is an international singing sensation. Since his debut in 2003, he has sold 18 million albums, won numerous awards (including a Grammy), reached the top 10 in the UK charts with his first album, ?Michael Bublé?, and the top 50 of the Billboard 200 album charts for the same CD. His second album, ?It?s Time?, was more successful still,... more...