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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Musical World of J.J. Johnsonby Joshua Berrett; III Louis G. Bourgois

    Scarecrow Press 2001; US$ 54.99

    Now in Paperback! J.J. Johnson, known as the spiritual father of modern trombone, has been a notable figure in the history of jazz. His career has embodied virtually every innovation and development in jazz over the past half-century. The first comprehensive biography, filmography, catalog of compositions, and discography of J.J. Johnson. 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 for... 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...

  • Miss Shirley Basseyby John L. Williams

    Quercus 2013; Not Available

    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...

  • Billie Holidayby John Szwed

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 28.95

    Published in celebration of Holiday?s centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer?s extraordinary musical talent When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia?s studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in twentieth-century popular music. Her voice weathered countless shifts... more...

  • French Music and Jazz in Conversationby Deborah Mawer

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    This book explores the historical-cultural interactions between French concert music and American jazz across 1900?65, from both perspectives. more...

  • Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingusby Gene Santoro

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 22.99

    Charles Mingus was one of the most innovative jazz musicians of the 20th century, and ranks with Charles Ives and Duke Ellington as one of America's greatest composers. By temperament, he was a high-strung and sensitive romantic, a towering figure whose tempestuous personal life found powerfully coherent expression in the ever-shifting textures... more...