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Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose

by F. James Rybka Scarecrow Press (May 01, 2011)

Bohuslav Martinu's amazing output—over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works—is accounted for in this biography that asserts...


Composers in the Classroom: A Bio-Bibliography of Composers at Conservatories, Colleges, and Universities in the United States

by James Michael Floyd Scarecrow Press (February 07, 2011)

A bio-bibliographical dictionary, chronicling the careers and work of over 120 composers associated with conservatories, colleges, and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico, Composers in the Classroom...


Pianists on Playing: Interviews with Twelve Concert Pianists

by Linda J. Noyle Scarecrow Press (October 04, 2000)

Twelve internationally-known keyboard artists discuss their daily lives of practicing and performing.


More Than Words Can Say: The Ink Spots and Their Music

by Marv Goldberg Scarecrow Press (November 05, 1998)

The story of the Ink Spots is a rags-to-riches story beloved in American mythology. Goldberg gets behind the glitter of the Ink Spots and the publicity machines of record labels, and provides the story of the...


Ernst Krenek and the Politics of Musical Style

by Peter Tregear Scarecrow Press (July 05, 2013)

Focusing on Krenek’s compositional path from the eclectic musical language of Jonny spielt auf to the austere twelve-tone technique of Karl V, Tregear provides an historical and critical context to this most...


Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio

by William J. Bush Scarecrow Press (November 29, 2012)

In Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio, the first in-depth biography of America’s first recording super-group, William J. Bush retraces the band members’ personal and professional...


Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967

by Don Rayno Scarecrow Press (December 19, 2012)

In this second volume of Rayno’s magisterial treatment of the life and music of this remarkable maestro, Whiteman’s career during the second half of his life is explored in the fullest detail, as Whiteman...


An Unsung Cat: The Life and Music of Warne Marsh

by Safford Chamberlain & Gary Foster Scarecrow Press (November 09, 2004)

An Unsung Cat explores the life and music of jazz saxophonist, Warne Marsh. The book also offers an extensively researched discography and photographs that reveal the public and private face of this unique performer....


Pepper Adams' Joy Road: An Annotated Discography

by Gary Carner Scarecrow Press (August 02, 2012)

Pepper Adams' Joy Road not only compiles the sessions and gigs of the greatest baritone saxophone soloist in history, but it's a fascinating overview of Adams' life and times through colorful interviews with...


The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro: Infatuation

by Leif Bo Petersen & Theo Rehak Scarecrow Press (August 24, 2009)

This is the first comprehensive study of the music and life of Theodore 'Fats' Navarro. It provides biographical, discographical, and analytical information on the trumpeter and his recorded legacy, offering...


Killing Me Softly

by Charles Fox & Roberta Flack Scarecrow Press (August 16, 2010)

Charles Fox has composed more than 100 motion picture and television scores, among them the themes of many iconic series, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Love, American Style, and Love Boat. In this...


Arlo Guthrie: The Warner/Reprise Years

by Hank Reineke Scarecrow Press (June 01, 2012)

Arlo Guthrie revisits Guthrie’s fifteen-year ride as a recording artist. With a look at Guthrie’s life and times before and after this prolific period of his career, this biography is a goldmine of information...


Born to Play: The Ruby Braff Discography and Directory of Performances

by Thomas P. Hustad Scarecrow Press (May 03, 2012)

Ruby Braff’s uncompromising standards, musical taste, and creative imagination informed his consummate artistry in creating music beautifully played. He achieved swiftly what few musicians accomplish in a...


What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist

by Dave Liebman & Lewis Porter Scarecrow Press (March 15, 2012)

Dave Liebman is one of the leading forces in contemporary jazz. Prominently known for performing with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, he has exerted considerable influence as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer,...


César Franck: His Life and Times

by R. J. Stove Scarecrow Press (December 08, 2011)

César Franck (1822-1890) was one of the most remarkable composers of the 19th century, and yet 38 years have elapsed since a biography of him last appeared in English. Now, with César Franck: His Life and...


Representing Black Music Culture: Then, Now, and When Again?

by Bill Banfield Scarecrow Press (October 07, 2011)

In this collection of essays, interviews, and profiles, William Banfield reflects on his life as an musician and educator, weaving together pieces of cultural criticism that pay homage to artists who have created...


Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues

by Mitsutoshi Inaba Scarecrow Press (August 29, 2011)

This book examines the career of Willie Dixon, detailing his skills as a singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. This volume also charts the development of his songwriting techniques from his early professional...