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The most popular Jazz books currently available. Updated weekly.
Drop of Patience
The second novel from the internationally acclaimed author of A Different Drummer
Real Book: Volume I Sixth Edition (C Instruments)
The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed, without any regard t
Jazz Guitar Handbook: A Complete Course in All Styles of Jazz
Lady Sings the Blues
So You Want to Sing Jazz: A Guide for Professionals
Real Book Play-Along: Volume I Sixth Edition C Instruments (Book/USB)
(Real Book Play-Along). The Real Book you know and love has now been updated to include play-along tracks for 240 songs on one convenient USB flash drive stick! The play-along CDs alone are worth $100 so this is an amazing package price!
Bluffer's Guide to Jazz: Instant wit and wisdom
Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of jazz. the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.
William Claxton. Jazzlife
Take a jazz trip like no other with William Claxton's legendary photographic journey across the concert halls, side streets, and big bands of 1960s America. From coast to coast, Claxton's tribute is a living, breathing, beating picture of the genre that enraptured America across social, economic, and racial lines.
Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums
Jazz Theory Book
Over 500 pages of text and over 750 musical examples. Written in the language of the working jazz musician, this book is easy to read and user-friendly. At the same time, it is the most comprehensive study of jazz harmony and theory ever published. "The Jazz Theory Book" takes the student from the most basic techniques such as chord construction and the II-V-I progression through scale theory, the blues, "I've Got Rhythm" changes, slash chords, the bebop and pentatonic scales, how to read a lead sheet and memorize tunes and a study of reharmonization that is almost a book in itself. Satisfaction guaranteed or money will be refunded. Mark Levine has worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, and many other jazz greats. A great jazz solo consists of: 1% magic; 99% stuff that is explainable, analyzable, categorizable, doable. This book is mostly about the 99% stuff.An excellent companion for all jazz musicians, covering chord and scale theory, improvisation, reharmonization and much more...
Owning Up: The Trilogy
With an introduction by the author, this volume includes three memoirs. "Scouse Mouse" is a story of the author's 1930s childhood in a middle-class Liverpudlian household. "Rum, Bum and Concertina" describes Melly's National Service as one of the most unlikely naval ratings. "Owning Up" shows how he slipped into the world of the jazz revival.
What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? is an intimate and vivid portrait of the twentieth-century icon Nina Simone.
Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings
A biography of the influential jazz pianist, Bill Evans. Peter Pettinger, himself a concert pianist, describes Evans's life, his personal tragedies and commercial successes, his music making, his technique and compositional methods, his approach to ensemble playing, and his legacy.
R. Crumb Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country
Contains three companion sets of trading cards - Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music - in book form. This work provides the biography of each musician, along with a full colour original illustration.
Clarinet Scales Grades 1-8 from 2015
Don't Worry 'Bout The Bear: From the Blues to Jazz, Rock & Roll and Black Sabbath
Jazz Clarinet Studies
John Heussenstamm/Paul Silbergleit: 100 Jazz Lessons (Book/Online Audio)
Experiencing Herbie Hancock: A Listener's Companion
Eric Wendell looks beyond the successes and failures of jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock to explore his musical design within the jazz community and mainstream pop culture. Wendell explores how Hancock's efforts have established new jazz standards while fostering a cross-genre continuity among modern jazz practitioners.
John Coltrane and the Jazz Revolution in the 1960s
Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra
Quite possibly the most inspirational music biography ever written - essential. MUZIK
Jazzin' The Blues - A Complete Guide To Learning The Jazz-Blues Guitar (Book/Online Audio)
Blue Moment: Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music
Its atmosphere - slow, dark, meditative, luminous - became all-pervasive for a generation, and has remained the epitome of melancholy coolness ever since. Richard Williams has written a history of the album which for once does not rip it out of its wider cultural context.
Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68
Baroness: The Search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild
Part musical odyssey, part dazzling love story The Baroness traces Nica's extraordinary, thrilling journey - from England's stately homes to the battlefields of Africa, passing under the shadow of the Holocaust, and finally, to the creative ferment of New York's 1950s jazz scene.
Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression: The Finest in Jazz Since 1939
The first official illustrated history of Blue Note, the most influential and important brand in jazz, published on the label's 75th anniversary.
Jazz: A Beginner's Guide
Beginning Solo Guitar: Jazzy Christmas
Jazz Piano Quick Studies, Grades 1-5
Contains practice tests for the quick studies, Grades 1-5 of ABRSM's jazz piano exams. Practises the crucial jazz skill of improvising spontaneously, or 'unprepared' , on a piece previously unheard. An invaluable introduction including advice on how to extend and develop work on the quick studies and sets out what the examiner will be looking for.
All Woman Jazz
Features female vocalists and is suitable for auditions, performances, semi-professional, or professional singers, or those who just wants to have a bit of fun. This book contains piano arrangements, vocal line and guitar chord symbols. It includes an accompanying CD that contains sound alike, backing tracks to sing over.
After Hours Jazz 1
Contains songs that are arranged for the Grade 3-5 pianist to enjoy.
Really the Blues
Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums
A guide to jazz recordings that every fan should know. It includes 1001 essential recordings from the authors' acclaimed guide, adding new information, revising and reassessing each entry, and showing how these key pieces tell the history of the music - and with it the history of the twentieth century.
Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry
Takes you behind the scenes of jazz history and introduces scores of legendary greats -Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, and Dianne Reeves, among many others.
Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings
In Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Brian Harker strikes a unique balance between 1920s views of jazz and those of today. For the first time Armstrong's technical achievements are placed in a meaningful cultural context, yielding unexpected insights into these seminal documents of early jazz.
Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65
Examines the important figures in the creation of modern jazz, detailing the emergence of bebop through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Using this as its starting point, this title delves into the developments of jazz composition, modal jazz and free jazz.
Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times
This collective biography of four jazz musicians from Brooklyn, Ghana, and South Africa demonstrates how modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences and crossings altered the politics and culture of both continents.
Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz
A groundbreaking study of Louis Armstrong's autobiographical practices
Swingin' on Central Avenue: African American Jazz in Los Angeles
Through their own words, Vacher tells their story in Los Angeles, offering along the way a close look at the role the black musicians union played in their lives while also taking on jazz historiography's comparative neglect of these West Coast players.
Real Book: Volume I Sixth Edition B Flat Instruments (Mini Edition)
Jazz in the 1970s: Diverging Streams
Shoemaker explores the musicians and music of one of the most important decades in jazz history, looking at events overlooked in most jazz histories, which too often stop at the 1960s. He argues that this period in jazz history saw an explosion of artist-produced recordings and the successful marketing of radical artists by major record labels.
Harmonica Play-Along Volume 14: Jazz Standards (Book/CD)
Miles Davis Omnibook
Miles Davis Omnibook
Free as Gods - How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism
A lively, wide-ranging look at the connections inside the core group of avant-garde artists in Jazz Age Paris
Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and the Making of a Masterpiece
Jazz in China: From Dance Hall Music to Individual Freedom of Expression
"Is there jazz in China?" This is the question that sent author Eugene Marlow on his quest to uncover the history of jazz in China. Marlow traces China's introduction to jazz in the early 1920s, its interruption by Chinese leadership under Mao in 1949, and its rejuvenation in the early 1980s with the start of China's opening to the world under Premier Deng Xiaoping.
Birdland, The Jazz Corner of the World: An Illustrated Tribute, 1949-1965
Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation and Jazz 1850-1950
This book traces the history of African American music in Wales from 1850, and Welsh women's contribution to the music.
Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music
Original jelly roll blues -- What did I do to be so black and blue? -- One o'clock jump -- Hothouse -- We speak African! -- Lullabye of birdland -- Haitian fight song -- Kind of blue -- I wish I knew how it would feel to be free -- Song for Che -- The blues and the abstract truth.