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  • Michael Bubleby Juliet Peel

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; Not Available

    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...

  • The Swing Eraby Gunther Schuller

    Oxford University Press, USA 1989; US$ 21.99

    Here is the book jazz lovers have eagerly awaited, the second volume of Gunther Schuller's monumental The History of Jazz. When the first volume, Early Jazz, appeared two decades ago, it immediately established itself as one of the seminal works on American music. Nat Hentoff called it "a remarkable breakthrough in musical analysis of jazz,"... more...

  • Slowing Downby George Melly

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    George Melly is 79 nudging 80. You'll probably think, 'That's not old these days'. And it's true, George is still swinging and singing, fly-fishing, flirting, and for now just playing at senility. But it's not as if he were the Queen Mother. He walks very slowly nowadays. He's losing control over his bladder, and his bowels. He no longer, being quite... more...

  • Young Man with a Hornby Dorothy Baker; Gary Giddins

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 14.95

    Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him. He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn?t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid. He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York. But while talent... more...

  • The Jazz Loft Projectby Sam Stephenson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 40.00

    In 1957, Eugene Smith, a thirty-eight-year-old magazine photographer, walked out of his comfortable settled world?his longtime well-paying job at Life and the home he shared with his wife and four children in Croton-on-Hudson, New York?to move into a dilapidated, five-story loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue (between Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth... more...

  • Space Is the Placeby John F. Szwed

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 29.95

    Always riveting, Space Is the Place is the definitive biography of "one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz"  ( The New York Times )?unparalleled for his purposeful outlandishness, a man who exerted a powerful influence over a vast array of artists. Sun Ra?a/k/a Herman Poole "Sonny  Blount?was born in Alabama on May... more...

  • Miss Shirley Basseyby John L. Williams

    Quercus 2013; US$ 12.99

    From "Hot from Harlem" to "Goldfinger," the story of how a two-bit jazz singer from Cardiff became an immortal icon: In 1954, Shirley Bassey was seventeen years old. She had just returned from a cheesy revue tour called "Hot from Harlem." Depressed, disillusioned and four months' pregnant, she decided that her dream of being a professional singer was... more...

  • Black British Jazzby Jason Toynbee; Catherine Tackley; Mark Doffman

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Black British musicians have been making jazz since around 1920. This book reveals their hidden history and major contribution to the development of jazz in the UK. The chapters show the importance of black British jazz in terms of musical hybridity and the cultural significance of race. The volume also provides a case study in how music of the African... 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...

  • Shall We Dance? The True Story of the Couple Who Taught The World to Danceby Douglas Thompson; Craig Revel-Horwood

    John Blake Publishing 2014; US$ 14.57

    On the eve of the Great War, they had the world at – and watching – their feet. If God is in the details, they were divine. Vernon and Irene Castle were the world?s first true celebrity couple. He, an Englishman, was tall and slim, as poised as an elegant evening out, a template for the Hollywood idols who would follow. In a staid age, she, a New... more...