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Jazz

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  • Indianapolis Jazzby David Leander Williams; David N. Baker

    Arcadia Publishing Inc. 2014; US$ 12.99

    Get into the music with David Leander Williams as he charts the rise and fall of Indiana Avenue, the Majestic Entertainment Boulevard of Indianapolis, which produced some of the nation's most influential jazz artists. The performance venues that once lined the vibrant thoroughfare were an important stop on the Chitlin' Circuit and provided platforms... more...

  • Miles & Meby Quincy Troupe

    Seven Stories Press 2018; US$ 11.99

    An intimate story of Miles Davis, the man, the musician, and his friendship with the young journalist and poet Quincy Troupe--soon to be a major motion picture. Poet, activist and journalist Quincy Troupe's candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an engrossing chronicle of the author's own... more...

  • John Thomposn's Easiest Piano Course: First Jazz Songsby John Thompson

    Music Sales 2017; US$ 6.45

    John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course is one of the most-loved and best-selling piano methods in the world. John Thompson’s timeless approach to teaching has been trusted by generations of teachers to start millions of students on their musical journey. This book includes 15 repertoire pieces to complement the Easiest Piano Course, helping to reinforce... more...

  • Fats Wallerby Maurice Waller; Anthony Calabrese; Michael Lipskin

    University of Minnesota Press 2017; Not Available

    Thomas “Fats” Waller was a legendary stride pianist, a wildly entertaining comedic singer, and the composer of such classic melodies as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and hundreds more. This is the intimate, behind-the-scenes story of his exuberant life, as told by his son, Maurice Waller. The public knew him as a charming, rascally, and... more...

  • Experiencing Big Band Jazzby Jeff Sultanof

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 35.99

    Jeff Sultanof takes a fresh look at big band jazz, examining why the big band era started when it did, how pop music and big bands evolved in response to one another, and the key roles played by well-known band leaders and the bands they led. more...

  • Swingin' on Central Avenueby Peter Vacher

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 33.00

    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 Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albumsby Will Friedwald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2017; US$ 40.00

    The author of the magisterial A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers now approaches the great singers and their greatest work in an innovative and revelatory way: through considering their finest albums, which is the format in which this music was most resonantly organized and presented to its public from the 1940s until the very... more...

  • Experiencing Bessie Smithby John Clark

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 38.00

    An icon of musical talent and independence, Bessie Smith’s contributions to the blues and the music industry earned her the title of “Empress of the Blues.” Learning how to listen to Smith's work in turn develops a greater understanding of how her successors extended and reinterpreted her music to honor her enduring legacy. more...

  • Knowing Jazzby Ken Prouty

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 30.00

    Ken Prouty argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz's identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or fan understands jazz differently, based on each individual's unique experiences and insights. Through playing, listening, reading, and talking about... more...

  • Creating Jazz Counterpointby Vic Hobson

    University Press of Mississippi 2014; US$ 30.00

    The book Jazzmen (1939) claimed New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz and introduced the legend of Buddy Bolden as the "First Man of Jazz." Much of the information that the book relied on came from a highly controversial source: Bunk Johnson. He claimed to have played with Bolden and that together they had pioneered jazz. Johnson made many recordings... more...