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Jazz

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  • 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...

  • Pioneers of Jazzby Lawrence Gushee

    Oxford University Press, USA 2005; US$ 18.99

    Thanks to the pioneering tours of the Creole Band, jazz began to be heard nationwide on the vaudeville stages of America from 1914 to 1918. This seven-piece band toured the country, exporting for the first time the authentic jazz strains that had developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century. The band's vaudeville routines were deeply... more...

  • Harlem Jazz Adventuresby Timme Rosenkrantz; Fradley Hamilton Garner

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 74.99

    Timme Rosenkrantz (1911-1969) was a journalist, author, concert and record producer, broadcaster, and entrepreneur with a consuming passion for jazz and little head for business. He was the first European journalist to cover the jazz scene in Harlem from 1934 to 1969. In this English translation and adaptation of the original Danish-language memoir... more...

  • Revolt into Styleby George Melly

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.40

    'The first serious attempt to analyse pop culture by someone who was part of it.' Julian Mitchell, Guardian The redoubtable George Melly (1926-2007): flamboyant jazz singer, sexually ambiguous raconteur, prodigiously gifted critic. In the early sixties, at the birth of what we now recognise as the pop revolution, Melly began work as a broadsheet... more...

  • Born to Playby Thomas P. Hustad

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 94.99

    Ruby Braff?s uncompromising standards, musical taste, and creative imagination informed his consummate artistry in creating music beautifully played. He achieved swiftly what few musicians accomplish in a lifetime by developing a unique and immediately recognizable style. Although prepared in discographical style, capturing information about both... more...

  • Bandboxby Thomas Mallon

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 24.95

    From the author of Henry and Clara , a dazzling, hilarious novel that captures the heart and soul of New York in the Jazz Age. Bandbox is a hugely successful magazine, a glamorous monthly cocktail of 1920s obsessions from the stock market to radio to gangland murder. Edited by the bombastic Jehoshaphat ?Joe? Harris, the magazine has a masthead... more...

  • Tiger Ragby Nicholas Christopher

    Random House Publishing Group 2013; US$ 26.00

    Veronica and A Trip to the Stars returns with a dazzling new novel based on one of the great legends of musical history.   New Orleans, 1900. The virtuoso cornet player Charles ?Buddy? Bolden invents jazz, but after a life consumed by tragedy, the groundbreaking sound of his horn vanishes with him. Rumors persist, though, that Bolden recorded... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Jazzby John S. Davis

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 99.99

    The Historical Dictionary of Jazz covers the history of Jazz through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,500 cross-referenced entries on significant jazz performers, band leaders, bands, venues, record labels, recordings, and the different styles of jazz. This book is an excellent... more...

  • Just for a Thrillby James L. Dickerson

    Cooper Square Press 2002; US$ 25.99

    Lil Hardin Armstrong, Louis Armstrong's second wife, was a phenomenal jazz pianist who helped Louis achieve the status of jazz legend. This biography recounts her early years in Memphis, her career in roaring Chicago, and her separation from Louis. more...

  • Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concertby Catherine Tackley

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 17.99

    On January 16, 1938 Benny Goodman brought his swing orchestra to America's venerated home of European classical music, Carnegie Hall. The resulting concert - widely considered one of the most significant events in American music history - helped to usher jazz and swing music into the American cultural mainstream. This reputation has been perpetuated... more...