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  • 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...

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

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 19.99

    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$ 79.99

    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$ 23.98

    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 drums... more...

  • George Russellby Duncan Heining

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 64.99

    George Russell: The Story of an American Composer is the first biography of one of the greatest figures in jazz, written with Russell's full cooperation. Extensively researched with interviews from friends, family members, musicians, associates, and commentators on jazz, the book contains valuable insights that reveal many previously unknown facts... more...

  • Coltraneby Ben Ratliff

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 22.99

    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 Times... more...

  • Music, Movies, Meanings, and Marketsby Morris Holbrook

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 150.00

    Music, Movies, Meanings, and Markets focuses on macromarketing-related aspects of film music in general and on the cinemusical role of ambi-diegetic jazz in particular.? The book examines other work on music in motion pictures which has dealt primarily with the traditional distinction between nondiegetic film music (background music that comes from... 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$ 79.99

    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...