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Jazz

  • 30-Second Jazzby Dave Gelly

    The Ivy Press 2016; US$ 13.43

    Jazz can be difficult for the novice, but 30-Second Jazz proves the ideal companion for the newcomer to the subject, taking readers from the African-American roots of jazz all the way to today?s global mix of musicians and styles. Along the way, it looks at the shape, style and instruments of jazz, at key personalities and recordings in the jazz canon... more...

  • Better Git It in Your Soulby Krin Gabbard

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 34.95

    Charles Mingus is one of the most important?and most mythologized?composers and performers in jazz history. Classically trained and of mixed race, he was an outspoken innovator as well as a bandleader, composer, producer, and record-label owner. His vivid autobiography, Beneath the Underdog , has done much to shape the image of Mingus as something... more...

  • Jazz Diasporasby Rashida K. Braggs

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 29.95

    At the close of the Second World War, waves of African American musicians migrated to Paris, eager to thrive in its reinvigorated jazz scene. Jazz Diasporas challenges the notion that Paris was a color-blind paradise for African Americans. On the contrary, musicians adopted a variety of strategies to cope with the cultural and social assumptions... more...

  • The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensemblesby Bob Gluck

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 30.00

    Miles Davis?s Bitches Brew is one of the most iconic albums in American music, the preeminent landmark and fertile seedbed of jazz-fusion. Fans have been fortunate in the past few years to gain access to Davis?s live recordings from this time, when he was working with an ensemble that has come to be known as the Lost Quintet. In this book, jazz... more...

  • So You Want to Sing Jazzby Jan Shapiro

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 34.99

    In So You Want to Sing Jazz , singer and professor of voice Jan Shapiro gives a guided tour through the art and science of the jazz vocal style. Throughout, Shapiro hones in on what makes jazz singing distinctive, suggesting along the way how other types of singers can make use of jazz. She looks at such key matters in jazz singing as the role... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...