Swing

20 November 2019 | By Kwame Alexander | Filed in: jazz.

Olio

20 November 2019 | By Tyehimba Jess | Filed in: jazz.

Part fact, part fiction, Tyehimba Jess s much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicate

How to Listen to Jazz

20 November 2019 | By Ted Gioia | Filed in: jazz.

An acclaimed music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz In How to Listen to Jazz, award winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to one of America s premier art forms He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

20 November 2019 | By Marie-Helene Bertino | Filed in: jazz.

A sparkling, enchanting and staggeringly original debut novel about one day in the lives of three unforgettable characters Madeleine Altimari is a smart mouthed, precocious nine year old and an aspiring jazz singer As she mourns the recent death of her mother, she doesn t realize that on Christmas

Tram 83

20 November 2019 | By Fiston Mwanza Mujila | Filed in: jazz.

In an African city in secession, which could be Kinshasa or Lubumbashi, land tourists of all languages and nationalities They have only one desire to make a fortune by exploiting the mineral wealths of the country They work during the day in mining concession and, as soon as night falls, they go

Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty

20 November 2019 | By Ben Ratliff | Filed in: jazz.

What does it mean to listen in the digital era Today, new technologies make it possible to roam instantly and experimentally across musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have Either way, we can

Trombone Shorty

20 November 2019 | By Troy Andrews | Filed in: jazz.

Hailing from the Trem neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest Along with

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

20 November 2019 | By Alice Brière-Haquet | Filed in: jazz.

A stunning picture book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century With evocative black and white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simone, jazz music legend and civil rights activist Shared as a lullaby to her daughter,

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong

20 November 2019 | By Lesa Cline-Ransome | Filed in: jazz.

He was born black, poor, and lucky The glowing story of Satchmo the great jazz musician, Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music.

Bird & Diz

20 November 2019 | By Gary Golio | Filed in: jazz.

An award winning author and a Caldecott Medalist improvise a playful tribute to the creators of bebop Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.When sax player Charlie Bird Parker and trumpeter John Dizzy Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each ot

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew

20 November 2019 | By George Grella Jr. | Filed in: jazz.

It was 1969, and Miles Davis, prince of cool, was on the edge of being left behind by a dynamic generation of young musicians, an important handful of whom had been in his band Rock music was flying off in every direction, just as America itself seemed about to split at its seams Following the cir

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

20 November 2019 | By Katheryn Russell-Brown | Filed in: jazz.

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the