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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jazz Musicians, 1945 to the Presentby David Dicaire

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2006; US$ 39.95

    From its very beginnings, the nature of jazz has been to reinvent itself. As the musical genre evolved from its roots--blues, European music, Voodoo ceremonies, and brass bands that played at funerals, parades and celebrations--the sound reflected the tenor of the times, from the citified strains of the Roaring '20s to the Big Band swing of pre-World... 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...

  • Really the Bluesby Mezz Mezzrow; Bernard Wolfe; Ben Ratliff

    New York Review Books 2016; US$ 17.95

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  • Footprintsby Michelle Mercer

    Penguin Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain, he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination. Throughout Shorter's extraordinary fifty-year career, his compositions have helped define the sounds of each distinct era in the history of jazz. Filled with musical analysis by... 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...

  • The Story of Boogie-Woogieby Peter J. Silvester

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 79.99

    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...