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  • 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 "SonnyBlount?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...

  • Chasin the Traneby J.C. Thomas

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 28.95

    He was always elusive, on and off the stand; like his music, he was constantly moving, incessantly changing. Just as Charlie Parker stood astride the jazz world of the late 40s and 50s, so did John Coltrane in the late 50s and 60s. Trane was a giant of the saxophone and a major composer. His music also influenced rock and classical musicians, such... more...

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

    ABC-CLIO 1996; US$ 82.95

    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...

  • What It Isby Dave Liebman; Lewis Porter

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 33.99

    Dave Liebman is one of the leading forces in contemporary jazz. Prominently known for performing with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, he has exerted considerable influence as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, author, and educator. In What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist , friend, pianist, and noted jazz scholar Lewis Porter conducts a series... more...

  • The Last Balladeerby Gregg Akkerman

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    In The Last Balladeer , author Gregg Akkerman skillfully reveals the life-long achievements and occasional missteps of Johnny Hartman as an African-American artist dedicated to his craft. In the first full-length biography and discography to chronicle the rhapsodic life and music of Johnny Hartman, the author completes a previously missing dimension... more...