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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Clawing at the Limits of Coolby Salim Washington; Farah Jasmine Griffin

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested John Coltrane. What might have seemed like a minor decision at the time would instead set the course not just for each of their careers but... more...

  • Herbie Hancock: Possibilitiesby Herbie Hancock; Lisa Dickey

    Penguin Publishing Group 2014; US$ 29.95

    ?Peter Keepnews, The New York Times Book Review (Editor?s Choice)   ?Few jazz biographies are perfect, though Hancock?s Possibilities come closer than some.? ?Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air   ?[ Possibilities is] very effective at its paramount task: getting the reader to dig into the catalog of this restless jazz genius with newly edified... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...