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  • 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...

  • Ella Fitzgeraldby STUART NICHOLSON

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 29.95

    Stuart Nicholson's biography of Ella Fitzgerald is considered a classic in jazz literature. Drawing on original documents, interviews, and new information, Nicholson draws a complete picture of Fitzgerald's professional and personal life. Fitzgerald rose from being a pop singer with chart-novelty hits in the late '30s to become a bandleader and then... 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...

  • 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...

  • Walking with Legendsby Mick Burns; Bruce Boyd Raeburn

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 17.95

    Drummer, record producer, bandleader, jazz researcher, and cigar-chomping raconteur Barry Martyn is a New Orleans original who happens to have been born in England. Implausible though this may seem, it makes perfect sense to members of the New Orleans traditional jazz community, who view themselves as an extended family based on merit as much as nativity.... more...

  • John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedomby Leonard Brown

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 20.99

    John Coltrane's unique and powerful saxophone sound is commonly recognized among scholars and fans of Black American music and jazz as having a "spiritual" nature, imbued with the performer's soul, which deeply touches musicians and listeners worldwide. This revered and respected musician created new standards, linked tradition with... more...

  • Jade Visionsby Helene LaFaro-Fernandez

    University of North Texas Press 2009; US$ 19.96

    Presents the biography of Scott LaFaro, one of twentieth century's most influential jazz musicians, and bassist. more...

  • The Life and Music of Kenny Davernby Edward N. Meyer

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 74.99

    This is the first biography of jazz clarinetist Kenny Davern. Drawing from Davern's many interviews and the recollections of his friends and family, Meyer tells the story of the man and his music and why both were unique and irreplaceable. more...

  • Coltraneby Ben Ratliff

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 19.99

    John Coltrane left an indelible mark on the world, but what was the essence of his achievement that makes him so prized forty years after his death? What were the factors that helped Coltrane become who he was? And what would a John Coltrane look like now--or are we looking for the wrong signs? In this deftly written, riveting study, New York... more...