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Jazz Perspectives (Series)

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A wide ranging jazz series providing ground-breaking, in-depth, and insightful studies of the lives and works of jazz musicians. Autobiography, biography, musicology, history, cultural studies, and other adventures in jazz welcome.
Jazz Perspectives is also a journal, too. Go to the Journal's site.

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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

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

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

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

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

Lennie Tristano

His Life in Music

The first biography of one of the most influential but unheralded musicians in jazz history

The André Hodeir Jazz Reader

A selection of the best writings on jazz by André Hodeir, one of the world's most influential jazz critics

Lester Young

Revised Edition

A new edition of the musical biography of jazz tenor saxophonist Lester Young, with a revised discography

Jazz Journeys to Japan

The Heart Within

One author's personal odyssey through the jazz scene in Japan