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The Bastard Instrument

A Cultural History of the Electric Bass

Centering the electric bass in popular music history

Open the Door

The Life and Music of Betty Carter

Presents the lifelong influence of Betty Carter's career and her music on the music world

Charlie Parker

His Music and Life

Revised Edition

By Carl Woideck
Subjects: Music, Jazz

A fresh take on Charlie Parker’s artistic evolution and major achievements as a jazz improviser, in time for his centennial

Jazz from Detroit

Mark Stryker celebrates Detroit’s profound influence on jazz from the mid-20th century through the present day.


Creativity and the Expert Drummer

Renowned rock drummer Bill Bruford analyzes the creative processes of drumming, using his own— and other famous musicians’— expertise and insights

The Jazz Republic

Music, Race, and American Culture in Weimar Germany

Reveals the wide-ranging influence of American jazz on German discussions of music, race, and culture in the early twentieth century

Hazel Scott

The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC

The first biography of an important but overlooked African American pianist, singer, actor, and civil-rights advocate

John Lewis and the Challenge of "Real" Black Music

The first scholarly study of John Lewis and the Third Stream music of the Modern Jazz Quartet

Blues, How Do You Do?

Paul Oliver and the Transatlantic Story of the Blues

Examines the role of black American music abroad in the post–WWII era through the lens of one of the period’s most prolific and influential blues scholars, Paul Oliver

After Django

Making Jazz in Postwar France

The first study to focus on jazz in postwar France, this book explores the ways that French musicians and critics received and remade an American music according to their own cultural concerns

Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism

Music, "Race," and Intellectuals in France, 1918-1945

A groundbreaking study of the reception of jazz among French-speaking black intellectuals between 1918 and 1945


The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron

The first authoritative biography of jazz great Tadd Dameron

Music Is My Life

Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz

A groundbreaking study of Louis Armstrong’s autobiographical practices

Four Jazz Lives

A revival of a classic oral biography of four nearly overlooked jazz giants

Head Hunters

The Making of Jazz's First Platinum Album

The story of one of the most influential and controversial jazz recordings of the twentieth century


Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class

The culture clash that permanently changed American theater

Rhythm is Our Business

Jimmie Lunceford and the Harlem Express

The life and times of famed band leader, entrepreneur, and entertainer Jimmie Lunceford

Someone to Watch Over Me

The Life and Music of Ben Webster

The definitive biography of the great tenor saxophonist Ben Webster

The Music of Django Reinhardt

By Benjamin Givan
Subjects: Music, Jazz
Series: Jazz Perspectives

An in-depth analysis of the music and life of a gypsy music legend

Ellington Uptown

Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, and the Birth of Concert Jazz

Explores a little-discussed yet truly hybrid American musical tradition lost between the canons of authentic jazz and classical music

New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History

A fascinating and insightful study of the development of New Orleans jazz and its effect on jazz history


The Life and Music of Lee Morgan

The story of one of the most individual jazz stylists of his time

Haunted Heart

A Biography of Susannah McCorkle

The secret life and tragic death of a great American songbird

Lee Konitz

Conversations on the Improviser's Art

By Andy Hamilton
Foreword by Joe Lovano
Subjects: Music, Jazz, Biography
Series: Jazz Perspectives

With a foreword by Joe Lovano, an oral biography of the preeminent alto saxophonist of cool jazz

The Last Miles

The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991

The story of the final recordings of one of the greatest jazz musicians of the twentieth century