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Black Music

by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) Akashic Books (January 01, 2010)

The long-awaited reissue of the sequel to Amiri Baraka's seminal work, Blues People.

Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz

by Randall Sandke Scarecrow Press (January 25, 2010)

Sandke tackles the stubborn and controversial question of whether jazz is the product of an insulated African-American environment, shut off from the rest of society by strictures of segregation and discrimination;...

Jazz Books in the 1990s: An Annotated Bibliography

by Janice Leslie Hochstat Greenberg Scarecrow Press (March 18, 2010)

This annotated bibliography contains over 700 entries covering adult non-fiction books on jazz published from 1990 through 1999. Entries are organized by category, including biographies, history, individual...

But Beautiful

by Geoff Dyer North Point Press (June 23, 2014)

"May be the best book ever written about jazz."--David Thomson, Los Angeles Times

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos,...

Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years

by Olegario Diaz (May 12, 2014)

This theoretical book is meant to improve contemporary jazz styles techniques for all musician players of modern jazz. These exercises were made as an extension of my book "240 Chromatic Exercises + 1165 Jazz...

Hear Me Talkin' to Ya

by Nat Shapiro & Nat Hentoff Dover Publications (July 19, 2012)

In this marvelous oral history, the words of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Billy Holiday trace the birth, growth, and changes in jazz over the years.

Thelonious Monk

by Robin Kelley Free Press (December 08, 2009)

The first full biography of legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk, written by a brilliant historian, with full access to the family's archives and with dozens of interviews. Now updated with an afterword for...

220 Chromatic Exercises + 1165 Jazz Lines Phrases for the Modern Improviser

by Olegario Diaz (December 02, 2013)

This theoretical book is meant to improve contemporary jazz styles techniques for all musician players of modern jazz.

The book is divided into scale exercises, arpeggio exercises, jazz line phrases as well as...

Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion

by Michael Stephans Scarecrow Press (October 16, 2013)

Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz takes place on a deeply personal level and takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument—offering not only brief portraits...

Jazz in American Culture

by Burton W. Peretti Ivan R. Dee (February 01, 1998)

The first compact history of jazz to place it within broader context. With an eye on the music, the musicians, and the audience, Mr. Peretti traces the emergence of jazz and follows its progress to the present,...

The Making of Kind of Blue

by Eric Nisenson St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2013)

From the moment it was recorded more than 40 years ago, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue was hailed as a jazz classic. To this day it remains the bestselling jazz album of all time, embraced by fans of all musical...

Clawing at the Limits of Cool

by Salim Washington & Farah Jasmine Griffin Thomas Dunne Books (October 21, 2013)

When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested...


by Robert Scotto & Philip Glass Process (July 08, 2013)

The revised edition biography of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating and original artists.

Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf

by Stacy Holman Jones AltaMira Press (July 08, 2007)

With an ethnographer's eye, Stacy Holman Jones provides a cultural critique of torch singing-describing the genre as a rich drama of passiveness, deception, desire, and resistance.

Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band

by Jeannie Gayle Pool, Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin Scarecrow Press (February 08, 2008)

In Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band, Jeannie Gayle Pool profiles the fascinating life of this multi-talented saxophone player, arranger, bandleader, and advocate for women instrumental musicians. Based on oral...

Jazz in New Orleans: The Postwar Years Through 1970

by Charles Suhor Scarecrow Press (April 11, 2001)

Jazz in New Orleans provides accurate information about, and an insightful interpretation of, jazz in New Orleans from the end of World War II through 1970.

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

by Stanley Crouch Harper (September 24, 2013)

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley...

The Musical World of J.J. Johnson

by Joshua Berrett & Louis G. Bourgois Iii Scarecrow Press (December 18, 2001)

Now in Paperback! J.J. Johnson, known as the spiritual father of modern trombone, has been a notable figure in the history of jazz. His career has embodied virtually every innovation and development in jazz...

The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor

by Billy Taylor Indiana University Press (April 18, 2013)

The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor: America's Classical Musician is the autobiography of the legendary jazz ambassador whose work spans more than six decades, from the heyday of 52nd Street in 1940s New York...

Swing Under the Nazis: Jazz as a Metaphor for Freedom

by Mike Zwerin Cooper Square Press (September 05, 2000)

For a brief time in a Europe threatened and then occupied by Nazi Germany, jazz was heard as ubiquitously as rock 'n' roll is today.

Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde

by Lloyd Peterson Scarecrow Press (July 27, 2006)

Music and the Creative Spirit is a book of interviews with today's innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde, including Pat Metheny, Regina Carter, Fred Anderson, John Zorn, Joshua Redman, and others....

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...

Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy, Revised and Expanded Edition: Gennett Records and the Rise of America's Musical Grassroots

by Rick Kennedy & Ted Gioia Indiana University Press (February 08, 2013)

In a piano factory tucked away in Richmond, Indiana, Gennett Records produced thousands of records featuring obscure musicians from hotel orchestras and backwoods fiddlers to the future icons of jazz, blues,...

Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club

by Kathy Sloane & Sascha Feinstein Indiana University Press (December 28, 2012)

During the 1970s, when jazz clubs all over America were folding under the onslaught of rock and roll and disco, San Francisco's Keystone Korner was an oasis for jazz musicians and patrons. Tucked next to a police...

Dave Brubeck

by Philip Clark Da Capo Press (February 17, 2020)

The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck ("Take Five")

In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days,...


by Ted Gioia Basic Books (October 14, 2019)

"A dauntingly ambitious, obsessively researched" (Los Angeles Times) global history of music that reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories...

How to Listen to Jazz

by Ted Gioia Basic Books (September 18, 2017)

"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." --The Economist

In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to...


by Youssef Daoudi First Second (September 24, 2018)

"Read this invigorating graphic narrative, then--quickly, before the spell breaks!--play one of Monk's records." --Saul Williams

She is Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a free-spirited baroness of...


by Stuart Nicholson Oneworld Publications (February 02, 2017)

This definitive guide includes a unique chapter-by-chapter playlist for the reader.

Jazz: A Beginner’s Guide is a lively and highly accessible introduction to a global musical phenomenon. Award-winning music...

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...

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, with Wynton Marsalis

by Joe Bevilacqua, Others, Donald Newlove & Wynton Marsalis et al. BearManor Media (April 01, 2013)

Veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts thisentertaining, informative hour, recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleansand featuring jazz great Wynton Marsalis, jazz author and historian DonaldNewlove,...

Blues People

by LeRoi Jones & Prentice Onayemi Blackstone Publishing (September 05, 2017)

"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music--through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but...


by Miles Davis, Dion Graham & Quincy Troupe Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2012)

Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life.

Miles: The Autobiography, like...

Kansas City Lightning

by Stanley Crouch & Kevin Kenerly Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2014)

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of CharlieParker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one ofthe most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, fromStanley Crouch,...

Jazz 101

by John F. Szwed & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2005)

Jazz 101 is a fascinating entrée into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed...

Marian McPartland's Jazz World

by Marian McPartland Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

In this collection of musical portraits, jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland pays sparkling tribute to such beloved and legendary figures as Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Alec...

Stan Getz

by Donald Maggin & John Lescault Blackstone Publishing (August 02, 2012)

Long before the success of his bossa nova Grammy winner “The Girl from Ipanema,” Stan Getz was a fixture in the pantheon of jazz greats. From his recording of “Early Autumn” with the Woody Herman band...

Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

by Barry Mazor, Ketch Secor, Dom Flemons & Marty Stuart Lyric Audiobooks (July 07, 2015)

This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous--even revolutionary--A&R man and music publisher who saw the universal power locked in regional roots music and tapped it, changing the breadth and...


by Ted Gioia & Jamie Renell Basic Books (October 15, 2019)

From the dawn of civilization to the modern-day music scene, this breathtaking global history reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions.

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories...

Miles to Go

by Chris Murphy & Patrick Lawlor Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Miles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Miles Davis’ eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. Murphy explores Davis’ troubled relationship with his children...

How to Listen to Jazz

by Ted Gioia & Peter Ganim Basic Books (September 19, 2017)

An acclaimed music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz

In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to one of America's...

Dave Brubeck

by Philip Clark & Fleet Cooper Da Capo Press (February 18, 2020)

The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck ("Take Five")

In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days,...

R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country

by R. Crumb & Terry Zwigoff Abrams ComicArts (May 31, 2015)

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...

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...

Historical Dictionary of Jazz

by John S. Davis Scarecrow Press (August 24, 2012)

The Historical Dictionary of Jazz covers the history of Jazz through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,500 cross-referenced entries on significant...

Dave Brubeck

by Philip Clark Hachette Books (December 03, 2019)

The definitive, "investigative" biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, best known for "Take Five," told with exclusive, extensive access to the late musician.

In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted...

Gordon Stretton, Black British Transoceanic Jazz Pioneer

by Michael Brocken & Jeff Daniels Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

This extensively researched text concerning the life and career of Liverpool-born Black jazz musician Gordon Stretton not only contributes to the important debate concerning the transoceanic pathways of jazz...

Black Music Matters

by Ed Sarath Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 15, 2018)

Black Music Matters: Jazz and the Transformation of Music Studies is one of the first books to promote the reform of music studies with a centralized presence of jazz and black music to ground American musicians...

Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis

by Aaron Lefkovitz Lexington Books (June 20, 2018)

This book examines Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis as distinctively global symbols of threatening and nonthreatening black masculinity. It centers them in debates over U.S. cultural exceptionalism,...

Experiencing Herbie Hancock

by Eric Wendell Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 15, 2018)

The musical output of pianist and composer Herbie Hancock is a design rarely seen in jazz; a child prodigy working their way up the ranks to elder statesman and influencing an entire generation of musicians...