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Jazz

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  • Jazz (Collins Need to Know?)by Bob Blumenthal

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; US$ 9.11

    The story of the development of jazz and the extraordinary jazz legends who changed the face of music. more...

  • R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Countryby R. Crumb; Terry Zwigoff

    Abrams 2015; US$ 19.75

    Anyone who knows R. Crumb’s work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats , and Pioneers of Country Music trading card sets he created in the early to- mid-1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exclusive... more...

  • 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...

  • Madame Jazzby Leslie Gourse

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 44.99

    Madame Jazz is a fascinating invitation to the inside world of women in jazz. Ranging primarily from the late 1970s to today's vanguard of performance jazz in New York City and on the West Coast, it chronicles a crucial time of transition as women make the leap from novelty acts regarded as second class citizens to sought-out professionals admired... more...

  • Jazz and Totalitarianismby Bruce Johnson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 52.95

    Jazz and Totalitarianism examines jazz in a range of regimes that in significant ways may be described as totalitarian, historically covering the period from the Franco regime in Spain beginning in the 1930s to present day Iran and China. The book presents an overview of the two central terms and their development since their contemporaneous appearance... more...

  • Pat Patrickby Bill Banfield

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 42.50

    Musicologist Bill Banfield weaves a treasure trove of primary source material—including interviews with Patrick's family, friends, and associates—into a tapestry of Patrick’s remarkable life as the musical right hand of some of America’s greatest Black musical artists. more...

  • Jews and Jazzby Charles B Hersch

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 44.95

    Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity explores the meaning of Jewish involvement in the world of American jazz. It focuses on the ways prominent jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney have engaged with jazz in order to explore and construct ethnic identities. The author... more...

  • Finding Bixby Brendan Wolfe

    University of Iowa Press 2017; US$ 24.95 US$ 21.21

    Bix Beiderbecke was one of the first great legends of jazz. Among the most innovative cornet soloists of the 1920s and the first important white player, he invented the jazz ballad and pointed the way to “cool” jazz. But his recording career lasted just six years; he drank himself to death in 1931—at the age of twenty-eight. It was this meteoric rise... more...

  • Experiencing Ornette Colemanby Michael Stephans

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 38.00

    Saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer Ornette Coleman has earned enduring praise as an American jazz icon. Stephans weaves together analysis of Coleman’s recordings and exploration of the free jazz movement with interviews of those who knew Coleman best to tell an inspiring story of artistic genius and resilience. more...

  • Stomping the Bluesby Albert Murray; Paul Devlin

    University of Minnesota Press 2017; Not Available

    In this classic work of American music writing, renowned critic Albert Murray argues beautifully and authoritatively that “the blues as such are synonymous with low spirits. Not only is its express purpose to make people feel good, which is to say in high spirits, but in the process of doing so it is actually expected to generate a disposition that... more...