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  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    New York Review Books 2016; US$ 17.95

    Mezz Mezzrow was a Jewish boy from the slums of Chicago who learned to play the clarinet in reform school and pursued a life in music and a life of crime. He moved from Chicago to New Orleans to New York, working in brothels and bars, bootlegging, dealing drugs, getting hooked, doing time, producing records, and playing with the greats, among them... more...

  • Free Jazz/Black Powerby Philippe Carles; Jean-Louis Comolli; Grégory Pierrot

    University Press of Mississippi 2015; US$ 65.00

    For the first time in English, the classic volume that developed a radical new understanding of free jazz and African American culture more...

  • Listen to Thisby Victor Svorinich

    University Press of Mississippi 2015; US$ 55.00

    The first close critical treatment of the album that shook jazz with its electric sound and rock-influenced style more...

  • Creole Tromboneby John McCusker

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 35.00

    The definitive biography of the great band leader and New Orleans jazz performer more...

  • The Jazz of Physicsby Stephon Alexander

    Basic Books 2016; US$ 27.99

    A theoretical physicist and jazz musician combines his two loves to present a new theory of the universe: sound as the link between Einstein?s relativity with quantum mechanics more...