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Jazz

  • Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Musicby Barry Mazor

    Chicago Review Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous?even revolutionary?A&R man and music publisher who changed the breadth and flavor of popular music in the United States and around the world. It is the story of the life and 50-year career of the man who was crucial in discovering star musicians and establishing the genres of blues, jazz,... more...

  • Herbie Hancock: Possibilitiesby Herbie Hancock; Lisa Dickey

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing... more...

  • The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000by Thomas W. Jacobsen

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 14.95

    In 1966, journalist Charles Suhor wrote that New Orleans jazz was "ready for its new Golden Age." Thomas W. Jacobsen's The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000 chronicles the resurgence of jazz music in the Crescent City in the years following Suhor's prophetic claim. Jacobsen, a New Orleans resident and longtime jazz aficionado, offers a wide-ranging... more...

  • Shall We Dance? The True Story of the Couple Who Taught The World to Danceby Douglas Thompson; Craig Revel-Horwood

    John Blake Publishing 2014; US$ 14.57

    On the eve of the Great War, they had the world at and watching their feet. If God is in the details, they were divine. Vernon and Irene Castle were the world?s first true celebrity couple. He, an Englishman, was tall and slim, as poised as an elegant evening out, a template for the Hollywood idols who would follow. In a staid age, she, a New... more...

  • Black British Jazzby Jason Toynbee; Catherine Tackley; Mark Doffman

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Black British musicians have been making jazz since around 1920. This book reveals their hidden history and major contribution to the development of jazz in the UK. The chapters show the importance of black British jazz in terms of musical hybridity and the cultural significance of race. The volume also provides a case study in how music of the African... more...

  • Jazz Childby Ellen Johnson

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 54.99

    Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan is the complete biography of the first female jazz vocalist to record on the prestigious Blue Note record label. In this book, biographer Ellen Johnson reveals the challenges Jordan confronted to become an influential recording artist and performer, working with many famous jazz luminaries of the era. more...

  • Bensonby George Benson; Alan Goldsher

    Da Capo Press 2014; US$ 25.99

    The much-awaited story of celebrated singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist George Benson, with a foreword by Bill Cosby. more...

  • The Improvisation Studies Reader: Spontaneous Actsby Ajay Heble; Rebecca Caines

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, becoming a cornerstone of both practical and theoretical approaches to performance. The Improvisation Studies... more...

  • Ella Fitzgeraldby STUART NICHOLSON

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 29.95

    Stuart Nicholson's biography of Ella Fitzgerald is considered a classic in jazz literature. Drawing on original documents, interviews, and new information, Nicholson draws a complete picture of Fitzgerald's professional and personal life. Fitzgerald rose from being a pop singer with chart-novelty hits in the late '30s to become a bandleader and then... more...

  • 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...