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  • Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boastsby Harriet Vyner; Jools Holland

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 17.58

    Jools Holland has had a fascinating life. From playing on bomb sites as a boy in the East End, to skiving off school and then selling millions of records with Squeeze, the first twenty years of his life were eventful, chaotic and colourful. Then came The Tube with Paula Yates, the seminal live music programme that propelled him to fame. Over the following... more...

  • Slowing Downby George Melly

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 14.38

    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...

  • 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...

  • What It Isby Dave Liebman; Lewis Porter

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 36.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • The Last Balladeerby Gregg Akkerman

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 32.99

    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...

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

    Scarecrow Press 2001; US$ 59.99

    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...