Music & Dance - Jazz


  • 'Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis (Updated Edition)

    By Eric Nisenson

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306806841
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: March 1996
    From 1975 to 1981 the jazz giant Miles Davis temporarily retired from music. Almost completely reclusive, nobody outside of a very close circle knew what was happening to him. Rumors abounded: he was sick, he was dying, he was healthy; he was playing the trumpet, the organ, nothing at all. Only one jazz writer was able to get close to him during this time: Eric Nisenson. From 1978 to 1981 Nisenson conducted dozens of interviews with Miles Davis and his associates. The result was 'Round About Midnight, an engaging firsthand account of Miles's fascinating and difficult career.From his recordings with Charlie Parker and the Birth of the Cool nonet, through the Coltrane quintet, the Gil Evans-arranged masterpieces of the sixties, the landmark Kind of Blue album, the Shorter/Hancock/Carter/Williams group, and the success of his fusion recordings of the seventies, Miles's personality - contemplative, abruptly defiant, strong, elegant - meshed with his art to form one of the most compelling legends in the history of American music. While actively disdaining his audience, he sought to broaden it by incorporating elements of other musics - classical, flamenco, rock, funk - into his uncompromising jazz. This contradictory combination of contempt and a desire for recognition fueled controversy in both his public and private lives, and resulted in Miles's lengthy self-imposed isolation.Nisenson broke through that isolation, and his biographical portrait is vivid and telling. This updated edition features a new preface, new material covering Miles in the eighties, and a new recommended listening section.
  • 88: The Giants of Jazz Piano

    By Robert L. Doerschuk

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780879306564
    • Publisher: Backbeat Books
    • Published: November 2001
    Profiles of jazz pianists by the award-winning music journalist, with B&W photos.
  • 98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music

    By Maceo Parker

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781613743461
    • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
    • Published: February 2013
    An influential jazz saxophonist traces his rise from his Southern boyhood to international fame, evaluating his personal and professional relationships with such icons as James Brown, the Parker brothers and Bootsy Collins while describing his role in establishing the sound of black music.
  • Ain't Misbehavin': The Story of Fats Waller

    By Ed Kirkeby

    Our Price: $5.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306800153
    • Publisher: Da Capo
    • Published: August 1975
    Profiles the great jazz pianist and composer, providing a discography and describing Waller's role in introducing the world to the musical culture of Harlem
  • Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life in and Out of Jazz Time

    By Lorraine Gordon

    Our Price: $27.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780634073991
    • Publisher: Hal Leonard
    • Published: October 2006
    'Alive at the Village Vanguard,' is jazz icon Lorraine Gordon's captivating life story, as told to acclaimed author Barry Singer. Throughout her life, Lorraine Gordon has seen and done it all. She has been a bohemian, an aristocrat, a businesswoman, a wife, a lover, a mother, and then, as she entered her twilight years, Gordon owned the most famous jazz club in the world, the Village Vanguard. Featuring more than fifty never-before-seen photographs, this is more than just one woman's enthralling story, it is also the history of jazz over the past fifty years through the eyes of one of its most famous ladies.
  • American Singers

    By Whitney Balliett

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195025248
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: 1979
    Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, Alberta Hunter, and other stylists of American non-classical singing.
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim - More Hits

    By Antonio Carlos Jobim

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781423484318
    • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp
    • Published: February 2010
    (Jazz Play Along). For use with all Bb, Eb, C and bass clef instruments, the Jazz Play-Along Series is the ultimate learning tool for all jazz musicians. With musician-friendly lead sheets, melody cues and other split-track choices on the included CD, this first-of-its-kind package helps you master improvisation while playing some of the greatest tunes of all time. FOR STUDY, each tune includes a split track with: * Melody cue with proper style and inflection * Professional rhythm tracks * Choruses for soloing * Removable bass part * Removable piano part. FOR PERFORMANCE, each tune also has: * An additional full stereo accompaniment track (no melody) * Additional choruses for soloing. 10 songs: Aguas De Marco (Waters of March) * If You Never Come to Me (Inutil paisagem) * Look to the Sky * O Grande Amor * O Morro Nao Tem Vez (Favela) (Somewhere in the Hills) * Outra Vez * She's a Carioca * Someone to Light up My Life (Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce) * Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer) * Retrato Em Branco E Preto.
  • The Art of Bop Drumming

    By John Riley

    Our Price: $25.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780898988901
    • Publisher: Alfred Pub Co
    • Published: July 1994
    The definitive book on bop drumming -- a style that is both the turning point and the cornerstone of contemporary music's development. This comprehensive book and audio presentation covers time playing, comping, soloing, brushes, more jazz essentials, and charts in an entertaining mix of text, music, and pertinent quotes.
  • Artie Shaw, King of the Clarinet: His Life and Times

    By Tom Nolan

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393340105
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: May 2011
  • Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest

    By Eric Nisenson

    Our Price: $16.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306806445
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: September 1995
    It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This wire walk will end his career. In this daring moment, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel about Salvo Ursari, whose life begins in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by gypsy folklore and inspired by the bravery of his persecuted people. Salvo's story moves irresistibly from a tragic fire that envelops his family, to street life in Budapest, where he learns the skills of a wire walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the competitive world of the American circus. Most fulfilled when living with paradox, Salvo feels safest while performing startling feats of balance on a wire high above the dangerous world; and most endangered if performing above a net. With compassion, warmth, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with mesmerizing detail of Romany and circus culture, and an unforgettable walk with the amazing Salvo Ursari.
  • At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene

    By Nat Hentoff

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780520261136
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: June 2010
    Nat Hentoff has been a tireless advocate for the neglected parts of jazz history, including forgotten sidemen and, women. This volume includes his best recent work - short essays, long interviews, and personal recollections. From Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong to Ornette Coleman and Quincey Jones, Hentoff brings the jazz greats to life and traces their art to gospel, blues, and many other forms of American music. The book also includes Hentoff's keen, cosmopolitan observations on a wide range of issues. Credits, Index. 256p.
  • Autobiography of Pops Foster

    By Tom Stoddard

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780879308315
    • Publisher: BACKBEAT BOOKS
    • Published: January 2005
    The first famous double-bass stylist in jazz, George Murphy "Pops" Foster enjoyed a career that spanned gigs with greats from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. This autobiography, first published in 1971 and now reissued with a generous collection of rare photographs, was created from 70 hours of interviews with this beloved and influential musician. Foster recounts his seven-decade career with uncanny attention to detail and charming candor, providing an uncensored look at the society in which jazz developed and breathing life into legends such as Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, and Sidney Bechet. As he takes us on his journey from plantation to riverboat, New Orleans to New York City, Foster paints an indelible panorama of the jazzman's life while setting the record straight on many crucial points of jazz history.
  • The B Flat Real Book

    By Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

    Our Price: $39.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780634060847
    • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp
    • Published: April 2005
    (Fake Book). The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed, without any regard to copyright law, or royalties paid to the composers who created these musical masterpieces. Hal Leonard is very proud to present the first legitimate and legal editions of these books ever produced. You won't even notice the difference, other than all the notorious errors being fixed: the covers and typeface look the same, the song list is nearly identical, and the price for our edition is even cheaper than the original! Every conscientious musician will appreciate that these books are now produced accurately and ethically, benefitting the songwriters that we owe for some of the greatest tunes of all time! This Bb edition includes 400 songs: All Blues * Au Privave * Autumn Leaves * Black Orpheus * Bluesette * Body and Soul * Bright Size Life * Con Alma * Dolphin Dance * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * Easy Living * Epistrophy * Falling in Love with Love * Footprints * Four on Six * Giant Steps * Have You Met Miss Jones? * How High the Moon * I'll Remember April * Impressions * Lullaby of Birdland * Misty * My Funny Valentine * Oleo * Red Clay * Satin Doll * Sidewinder * Stella by Starlight * Take Five * There Is No Greater Love * Wave * and hundreds more! Editions also available in C, E-flat, and Bass Clef.
  • BG on the Record: A Bio-Discography of Benny Goodman

    By D. Russell Connor

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780870000591
    • Publisher: Arlington House
    • Published: June 1978
  • Bass Line: The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton

    By Milt Hinton

    Our Price: $22.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780877225188
    • Publisher: Temple University Press
    • Published: September 1988
    The author looks back on his career as a jazz musician and shares his photographs and impressions of the major jazz performers with whom he worked