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Jazz: Books

A subject guide for people interested in accessing information about jazz music and musicians.

Histories and Criticism

Jazz - Scott DeVeaux; Gary Giddins
Call Number: 781.65 GI
ISBN: 9780393068610
Publication Date: 2009-10-26
A respected critic presents an intellectual history of jazz that explains the origins of the genre within a context of America culture, covering everything from the styles that informed jazz and the heated protests of the avant-garde to its most influential contributors and the radical diversity of today's artists.

 

 

Jazz 101 - John F. Szwed; Grover Gardner (Narrated by)
Call Number: (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)
ISBN: 9781455103942
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Jazz 101 is a fascinating entree 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 from an ethnic music to become America's most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than fifty years.

 

The Jazz Ear - Ben Ratliff
Call Number: 781.65 RA
ISBN: 9780805081466
Publication Date: 2008-11-11
An exploration into the musical achievements of fifteen living jazz artists profiles jazz as one of the most ephemeral and improvisational performing art forms, in an account that offers insight into the conceptual nature of jazz while drawing on interviews with such figures as Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, and Branford Marsalis.

 

 

Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman - Joshua Berrett
Call Number: 781.65 BE
ISBN: 0300103840
Publication Date: 2004-10-11
In Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman the jazz scholar Joshua Berrett offers a provocative revision of the history of early jazz by focusing on two of its most notable practitioners.

 

 

 

Why Jazz Happened - Marc Myers
Call Number: 781.655 MY
ISBN: 9780520268784
Publication Date: 2012-12-10
A comprehensive social history looks at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz's post-war styles.

 

 

 

Visions of Jazz - Gary Giddins
Call Number: 781.65 GI
ISBN: 0195076753
Publication Date: 1998-10-22
An outstanding voice in the field, the jazz critic for The Village Voice leads readers through the first century of the music in a voluminous, expert account of the great jazz artists past and present and their distinctive contributions

 

 

Reference Books

The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues - Howard Mandel (Editor)
Call Number: 781.6503 BI
ISBN: 9780823082667
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
A comprehensive one-volume resource on jazz and blues includes a historical overview, A-to-Z artist biographies and key recordings, and illustrative MP3s, all organized chronologically by decade.

 

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Colin Larkin (Editor)
Call Number: R 781.64 EN
ISBN: 9781846098567
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Provides entries giving birth date, musical summary, and a discography and filmography for individuals or groups associated with such types of popular music as country, rock and roll, jazz, blues, reggae, Latin, and African pop.

 

 

 

Jazz Recordings - Richard Cook; Brian Morton
Call Number: 781.65 CO
ISBN: 9780141034010
Publication Date: 2008-12-02
An updated listener's guide to recorded jazz features reviews of thousands of jazz recordings, organized by performer, and includes biographical details about and discographies for the musicians.

 

 

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz - Barry D. Kernfeld (Editor); Barry Kernfeld (Editor)
Call Number: R 781.65 NE
ISBN: 1561592846
Publication Date: 2003-02-11
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition is the largest, most comprehensive and accurate reference work on jazz ever published, putting the world of jazz at your fingertips.



 

Biographies

Coltrane - Ben Ratliff
Call Number: B COLTRANE
ISBN: 9780374126063
Publication Date: 2007-09-18
A study of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and his musical development looks for the sources of power in Coltrane's music and examines his important influence and legacy in shaping the course of modern jazz music.

 

 

 

Deep in a Dream - James Gavin
Call Number: B BAKER
ISBN: 0679442871
Publication Date: 2002-05-14

 

 

 

Django - Michael Dregni
Call Number: 787.87 DR
ISBN: 019516752X
Publication Date: 2004-11-01
The first major critical biography of the great jazz musician chronicles the colorful life of guitarist Django Reinhardt, including his long musical relationship with violinist Stephane Grapelli and his wanderings around Europe and the United States.

 

 

 

Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words - Louis Armstrong; Thomas Brothers (Editor)
Call Number: 781.65 AR
ISBN: 0195119584
Publication Date: 1999-11-11
Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words introduces readers to a little-known facet of this master trumpeter, band leader, and entertainer. Based on extensive research through the Armstrong archives, this important volume includes some of his earliest letters, personal correspondence with one of his first biographers in 1943-44, autobiographical writings, magazine articles, and essays.

 

 

Pops - Terry Teachout
Call Number: B ARMSTRONG
ISBN: 9780151010899
Publication Date: 2009-12-02
Draws on previously unavailable sources, including hundreds of private recordings made throughout the second half of the jazz master's life, to assess his artistic achievements and personal life.

 

 

 

So What - John Szwed
Call Number: B DAVIS
ISBN: 0684859823
Publication Date: 2002-10-29
Based on interviews with family and friends, this account of the jazz great's life reveals the influence of Miles Davis' life on his work as well as the musician's persistent desire to re-invent himself.

 

 

 

Thelonious Monk - Thomas Fitterling; Robert Dobbin (Translator); Steve Lacy (Foreword by)
Call Number: B MONK
ISBN: 0965377415
Publication Date: 1999-07-08
Presents a study of the pioneering jazz pianist, covering his career and highlighting his work in composition, performance, and arrangement


 

 

Interviews

Jazzwomen - Wayne Enstice; Janis Stockhouse
Call Number: 781.65 EN
ISBN: 0253344360
Publication Date: 2004-05-25
Offers interviews of twenty-one women who are respected in the male-dominated world of jazz, including pianist Marilyn Crispell and singer-pianist Diana Krall.

Databases Available Through the Library

Grove Music Online
This extraordinary database offers a wealth of information about all types of music. Full-text search with advanced capabilities is available and the site features over 3000 links to related sites, including sound archives and illustrations. In addition to the regular programme of revisions and new articles, Grove Music Online has grown to include The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (published in print in 1992 and online in 1999) and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition (2001).

Magazines Available Through the Library

Downbeat

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