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  • 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...

  • Miss Shirley Basseyby John L. Williams

    Quercus 2013; US$ 16.95

    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... more...

  • Softly, With Feelingby Edward Berger

    Temple University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    "Joe Wilder set the table. His struggles made it easier for me and many others."--From the Foreword by Wynton Marsalis   Trumpeter Joe Wilder is distinguished for his achievements in both the jazz and classical worlds. He was a founding member of the Symphony of the New World, where he played first trumpet, and he performed as lead trumpet... more...

  • The Story of Boogie-Woogieby Peter J. Silvester

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 74.99

    The Story of Boogie-Woogie presents a comprehensive history of boogie-woogie from the early 20th century to the present, describing the style's appearance and development, its offshoots, and the pianists who made it famous, and studying its impact on rhythm and blues, urban blues, and big band swing, leading to the eventual revival of 'classical' boogie-woogie... 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...

  • Thelonious Monkby Robin Kelley

    Free Press 2009; US$ 20.00

    THELONIOUS MONK is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist?s struggle to ?make it? without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn,... 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...

  • Talking Swingby Sheila Tracy

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 21.79

    From Palace to Palais, the musicians who played in the big bands tell their own stories, bringing to life an unforgettable era. Pre-war reminiscences give an insight into a never-to-be-forgotten era, when London's nightclubs were the haunts of the aristocracy and of royalty, and the Prince of Wales would jump at any opportunity to play... 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...