Music & Dance - Jazz


  • Africa Speaks, America Answers : Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times

    By Robin D. G. Kelley

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780674046245
    • Publisher: Harvard University Press
    • Published: February 2012
    Explores the influence of African culture on the evolution of jazz music, discussing how the decolonization spreading across the contintent in the 1950s and 60s shaped the identities of both four prominent jazz musicians and the genre.
  • African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Refiguring American Music)

    Our Price: $49.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780822347842
    • Publisher: Duke University Press
    • Published: January 2010
    The pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston is one of the world's most influential jazz musicians and a remarkable storyteller whose career has spanned five continents and more than six decades. This book is Weston's life story, as told by him to the music journalist Willard Jenkins. It encompasses Weston's childhood in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood - where his parents and other members of their generation imbued him with pride in his African heritage - and his introduction to jazz and early years as a musician in the artistic ferment of mid-20th-century New York. His music has taken him around the world, but Africa is at the core of Weston's music and spirituality. he has traversed the continent on a continuous quest to learn about its musical traditions, produced its first major jazz festival, and lived for years in Morocco, where he opened a popular jazz club in Tangier.
  • 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: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306800153
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • 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 Teach Yourself to Play Jazz at the Keyboard

    By Bert Konowitz

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780739000199
    • Publisher: Alfred Pub Co
    • Published: August 1997
    Learn to play jazz at the keyboard and open up a brand new world of musical knowledge with this exciting method from Alfred. Students of all ages can continue their journey to a lifetime of musical enjoyment. By following the step-by-step set of instructions, you will learn all about jazz and blues scales, progressions, walking bass, latin jazz, jazz ballads and how to read from a fake book. You will gain insight by learning from jazz masters from every era?including swing, be-bop, jazz-rock, fusion and beyond. With its chords symbols, mini music lessons and modern jazz techniques, this book will allow you to become a jazz master in your own right. The accompanying CD features examples of the pieces in the book with background arrangements by a live jazz combo, a helpful resource for play-along and practice.Be your own teacher, and let Alfred be your resource every step of the way.
  • Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life in and Out of Jazz Time

    By Lorraine Gordon

    Our Price: $27.95
    • 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 Bird

    By Jamey Aebersold

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781562241322
    • Publisher: Jamey Aebersold Jazz Inc
    • Published: June 2000
  • All That's Jazz

    By Sammy Stein

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780955767098
    • Publisher: Tomahawk Press
  • All Time Standards

    By Jamey Aebersold

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781562241827
    • Publisher: Jamey Aebersold Jazz Inc
    • Published: June 1981
  • All of Me

    By Jos Willems

    Our Price: $87.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780810857308
    • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
    • Published: May 2006
  • American Babel

    By Clifford J. Doerksen

    Our Price: $47.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780812238716
    • Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
    • Published: April 2005
  • American Music Is

    By Nat Hentoff

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306813511
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: April 2004
    In over sixty consummate pieces, jazz critic Nat Hentoff probes the core of greatness in American music. Here, moving with ease between jazz, blues, country, & gospel, he delivers on target profiles of the musicians & the music that hehas loved all his life. From sweeping surveys of the roots of American music to precise, vivid assessments of individual performers (John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Joe Williams, Doc Pomus, Duke Ellington, Willie Nelson, and many more),Hentoff demonstrates once again why he is 'a critic par excellence.' Credits, Index. 318p.
  • American Musicians II: Seventy-one Portraits in Jazz

    By Whitney Balliett

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781578068340
    • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
    • Published: 2005
    This is Whitney Balliett's long-awaited "big book." In it are all the jazz profiles he has written for The New Yorker during the past 24 years. These include his famous early portraits of Pee Wee Russell, Red Allen, Earl Hines, and Mary Lou Williams, done when these giants were in full flower; his recent reconstructions of the lives of such legends as Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins, Jack Teagarden, Zoot Sims, and Dave Tough; His quick but indelible glimpses into the daily (or nocturnal) lives of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus; and his vivid pictures of such on-the-scene masters as Red Norvo, Ornette Coleman, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Art Farmer, Michael Moore, and Tommy Flanagan. Also included are such lesser known but invaluable players as Art Hodes, Jabbo Smith, Joe Wilder, Warne Marsh, Gene Bertoncini, Joe Bushkin, and Marie Marcus.All these profiles make the reader feel, as one observer has pointed out, that he is "sitting with Balliett and his subject and listening in." The book can be taken as a kind of history of jazz, as well as a biographical encylopedia of many of its most important performers. It can also be regarded as a model of American prose. Robert Dawidoff said of Whitney Balliett"s most recent book, Jelly Roll, Jabbo and Fats, that "few people write as well about anything as Balliett writes about jazz." And the late Philip Larkin wrote in 1982 of the "transcendence of Balliett's prose."
  • American Musicians: Fifty-Six Portraits in Jazz

    By Whitney Balliett

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195037586
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: October 1986
    Offers glimpses into the lives of such performers as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, and constitutes a history of jazz in America
  • American Popular Music: Readings from the Popular Press Volume I: The Nineteenth-Century Tin Pan Alley

    By Timothy E. Scheurer

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780879724665
    • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
    • Published: January 1990
    Beginning with the emergence of commercial American music in the nineteenth century, Volume 1 includes essays on the major performers, composers, media, and movements that shaped our musical culture before rock and roll. Articles explore the theoretical dimensions of popular music studies; the music of the nineteenth century; and the role of black Americans in the evolution of popular music. Also included—the music of Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, swing, the blues, the influences of W. S. Gilbert and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and changes in lyric writing styles from the nineteenth century to the rock era.