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.
  • 12 Medium-Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes

    By Bob Mintzer

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780739076156
    • Publisher: Alfred Pub Co
    • Published: November 2010
  • 14 Jazz & Funk Etudes

    By Bob Mintzer

    Our Price: $25.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780769233574
    • Publisher: Alfred Pub Co
    • Published: December 1994
    Written by jazz musician Bob Mintzer, 14 Jazz & Funk Etudes presents practice and performance aids and explanations in a variety of jazz and funk styles. In addition, the books include a CD containing combo accompaniment that's ideal for practice sessions.
  • 15 Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes

    By Bob Mintzer

    Our Price: $22.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780769297927
    • Publisher: Alfred Pub Co
    • Published: September 2000
    Written for a wide variety of musicians, 15 Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes will appeal to both aspiring players and to more experienced musicians. For the younger player, particular care is given to range, rhythmic figures and overall playability. The more accomplished musician will appreciate the high level of musicality, the lyrical compositions and the opportunities to improvise. Either way, the format is simple: Bob Mintzer plays and demonstrates each etude with a stellar rhythm section on the included CD. You learn each etude slowly. When ready, you play the etude with the CD accompaniment.
  • 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.
  • African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston

    By Randy Weston

    Our Price: $37.95
    • ISBN-13: 9780822347842
    • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Afro-Cuban Jazz

    By Scott Yanow

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780879306199
    • Publisher: Miller Freeman Books
    • Published: November 2000
    (Third Ear series). Through anecdotal biographies and evocative photos, this book portrays every key Afro-Cuban innovator past and present, plus other jazz artists influenced by this sizzling jazz style that mixes bebop-based improvisations wityh Cuban and African rhythms. With reviews and ratings of recordings. B&W photos. 212p. Pap.
  • 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
  • Alfred's Essentials of Jazz Theory

    By Shelton G. Berg

    Our Price: $34.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780739043851
    • Publisher: Alfred Pub Co
    • Published: January 2007
  • 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.
  • All Blues

    By Doug Goodkin

    Our Price: $38.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780977371242
    • Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books Inc
    • Published: June 2012
    In this supplement to his much-acclaimed Now's the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages, music educator Doug Goodkin continues his groundbreaking work in combining jazz education with the dynamic pedagogy of Orff Schulwerk. Here he offers 35 new roots and jazz blues pieces tried and tested by children and adults and aimed for children from preschool through middle school. A CD of his student ensembles playing the arrangements is included. Also includes sample lesson plans, fully notated scores for Orff Ensemble, tips for piano teachers, children's games, vocal blues and 22 classic jazz tunes.
  • All the Things You Are

    By Gene Rizzo

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781423430414
    • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp
    • Published: July 2010
    (Signature Songs). This book offers an in-depth analysis of how a variety of jazz musicians have handled the Jerome Kern standard "All the Things You Are." Artists include Oscar Peterson, Andre Previn, Ahmad Jamal, Hampton Hawes, Ralph Sharon, Dave Brubeck, Phineas Newborn Jr., Marian McPartland, and many more. The book includes details and transcriptions of key passages from each artist's version, along with references to the specific recording being discussed. The CD includes sound-alike examples of each of the passages to aid in the study and analysis. This unique book/CD pack will be of interest to jazz fans and historians as well as to musicians!
  • The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop

    By Guthrie P Ramsey

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780520243910
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: May 2013
    "What happens to a genius deferred? If that genius is Bud Powell, it finds resonance in the prose and cultural exegesis of Guthrie Ramsey, Jr., whose brilliant The Amazing Bud Powell offers one of the most compelling and generative views into this enigmatic giant of Black Modernism."--Mark Anthony Neal, author Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities
  • American Musicians II: Seventy-Two Portraits In Jazz

    By Whitney Balliett

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195095388
    • Published: November 1996
    This greatly expanded new edition of Balliett's classic book on jazz musicians contains seventeen new pieces, including profiles of Benny Goodman, CharlieParker, Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing, and Paul Desmond, among others. A highly personal encyclopedia, this book is breathtaking in its scope and peerless in its observations of the jazz scene. Al this from 'a writer whobrings jazz journalism to the verge of poetry.' - Philip Larkin. 543p.
  • American Singers: 27 Portraits in Song

    By Whitney Balliett

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195046106
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: October 1988
    Expanded edition of a classic collection, profiling 27 masters of the American popular song. 244p.