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  • Swingin' on Central Avenueby Peter Vacher

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 54.99

    Through their own words, Vacher tells their story in Los Angeles, offering along the way a close look at the role the black musicians union played in their lives while also taking on jazz historiography?s comparative neglect of these West Coast players. more...

  • The Coltrane Churchby Nicholas Louis Baham III

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 65.00

    The John Coltrane Church began in 1965, when Franzo and Marina King attended a performance of the John Coltrane Quartet at San Francisco's Jazz Workshop and saw a vision of the Holy Ghost as Coltrane took the bandstand. Celebrating the spirituality of the late jazz innovator and his music, the storefront church emerged during the demise of black-owned... more...

  • Coltraneby Ben Ratliff

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 14.57

    No other jazz musician has proved so inspirational and so fascinating as Coltrane. Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for the New York Times, has written the first book to do justice to this great and controversial music pioneer. As well as an elegant narrative of Coltrane's life Ratliff does something incredibly valuable - he writes about the saxophonist's... more...

  • Rhythm Is My Beatby Alfred Green

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 74.99

    In Rhythm Is My Beat: Jazz Guitar Great Freddie Green and the Count Basie Sound , Alfred Green tells the story of his father, rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, whose guitar work served as the pulse of the Count Basie Band. more...

  • Open Skyby Eric Nisenson

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    Sonny Rollins is arguably the most influential tenor saxophonist that jazz has produced. He began his musical career at the tender age of eleven, and within five short years he was playing with the legendary Thelonius Monk. In the late forties (before his twenty-first birthday), Rollins was in full swing, recording with jazz luminaries such as Charlie... more...

  • Composing for the Jazz Orchestraby William Russo

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 26.00

    "Although it will be of primary interest to those who are engaged in composition themselves, [this] book is also recommended for readers who may wish to gain further insight into just what makes jazz composition so different from traditional approaches."?Malcolm Bessom, The Music Magazine more...

  • The Knowledge: Jazzby John Fordham

    Quadrille Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 14.99

    The jazz paradox: why has an art that has so transformed the world’s music in barely 100 years, remained so widely misunderstood? Jazz shines light on the subject for those intrigued by its influence and creativity, but also mystified by its occasionally esoteric habits. From charting the first wave of jazz to breaking down its full history, Jazz... 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 Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectivesby Nicholas Gebhardt; Tony Whyton

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 46.95

    The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music documents the emergence of collective movements in jazz and improvised music. Jazz history is most often portrayed as a site for individual expression and revolves around the celebration of iconic figures, while the networks and collaborations that enable the music to maintain and sustain... more...

  • Jazzby Mark Tucker; Travis Jackson

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 4.99

    An historical survey of jazz. This ebook is a static version of an article from Grove Music Online, a continuously updated online resource, offering comprehensive coverage of the world?s music written by leading scholars. For more information, visit more...