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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...

  • So You Want to Sing Jazzby Jan Shapiro

    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 art and science of jazz vocal style. Throughout Shapiro homes in on what makes jazz singing distinctive, suggesting along the way how singers in other traditions can join in. She looks at such key matters in jazz singing as role of improvisation,... more...

  • Footprintsby Michelle Mercer

    Penguin Publishing Group 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...

  • An Annotated Bibliography of Jazz Fiction and Jazz Fiction Criticismby Richard Albert

    ABC-CLIO 1996; US$ 91.00

    Albert provides a survey of the impact of jazz on both American and foreign fiction, along with an annotated listing of almost 400 short stories, novels, plays, and jazz fiction criticism. Access is augmented by an index of novels, plays, and short stories and by a general index. Albert examines the strong impact jazz and the blues have had on... more...

  • At the Jazz Band Ballby Nat Hentoff

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 23.95

    Nat Hentoff, renowned jazz critic, civil liberties activist, and fearless contrarian?"I?m a Jewish atheist civil-libertarian pro-lifer"?has lived through much of jazz?s history and has known many of jazz?s most important figures, often as friend and confidant. Hentoff has been a tireless advocate for the neglected parts of jazz history, including forgotten... 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$ 14.93

    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...