08 July 2020 | By Kwame Alexander | Filed in: jazz.

Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen year old Noah He and his best friend Walt aka Swing have been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah s love interest since third grade, Sam, will never take it past the best friend zone Noah w

Trombone Shorty

08 July 2020 | 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

How to Listen to Jazz

08 July 2020 | 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

The Book of Harlan

08 July 2020 | By Bernice L. McFadden | Filed in: jazz.

During World War II, two African American musicians are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp n nThe Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan s parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

08 July 2020 | 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 n nWith 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,

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

08 July 2020 | By John Szwed | Filed in: jazz.

Kirkus Best Books of 2015 selection for Biography Published in celebration of Holiday s centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer s extraordinary musical talentWhen Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia s studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most re

The Jazz Palace

08 July 2020 | By Mary Morris | Filed in: jazz.

Acclaimed author Mary Morris returns to her Chicago roots in this sweeping novel that brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music of the Jazz Age n nIn the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lo


08 July 2020 | By Michael Ian Black | Filed in: jazz.

A rooster tries to change his tune in this jazzy picture book that s perfect for scatting aloud from the author of Naked and I m Bored, comedian Michael Ian Black.Mel the rooster s boring old cock a doodle doo is making him cock a doodle blue until one day he decides to jazz it up with something br

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

08 July 2020 | By Nate Chinen | Filed in: jazz.

One of jazz s leading critics gives us an invigorating, richly detailed portrait of the artists and events that have shaped the music of our time Grounded in authority and brimming with style, Playing Changes is the first book to take the measure of this exhilarating moment it is a compelling argu

The 5 O'Clock Band

08 July 2020 | By Troy Andrews | Filed in: jazz.

In this companion to the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Shorty, join a scrappy young musician named Shorty on a tour of his beloved New Orleans After letting his band down by missing rehearsal, Shorty has some serious questions about what it means to be a leader He h

Bird & Diz

08 July 2020 | 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

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

08 July 2020 | By Will Friedwald | Filed in: jazz.

The author of the magisterial A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers now approaches the great singers and their greatest work in an innovative and revelatory way through considering their finest albums, which is the format in which this music was most resonantly organized and presen

Miles: The Autobiography

08 July 2020 | By Miles Davis | Filed in: jazz.

For than forty years Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles is one of the most important and influential musicians in the world The subject of several biographies, now Miles speaks out himself about his extraordinary life.Mile

The History of Jazz

08 July 2020 | By Ted Gioia | Filed in: jazz.

Jazz is the most colorful and varied art form in the world and it was born in one of the most colorful and varied cities, New Orleans From the seed first planted by slave dances held in Congo Square and nurtured by early ensembles led by Buddy Belden and Joe King Oliver, jazz began its long windi

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

08 July 2020 | By Robin D.G. Kelley | Filed in: jazz.

THELONIOUS MONK is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist s struggle to make it without compromising his musical vision It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster to

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

08 July 2020 | By Geoff Dyer | Filed in: jazz.

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the world s greats Lester Young

Beneath the Underdog

08 July 2020 | By Charles Mingus | Filed in: jazz.

The legendary jazzman recounts his life and career, from his childhood in Watts and his apprenticeship with jazz musicians, to his recordings with Duke Ellington and others, and .