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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
So You Want to Sing Jazz: A Guide for Professionals
Jazz Piano Book
Jazz Guitar Handbook: A Complete Course in All Styles of Jazz
Lady Sings the Blues
Cover Art of Blue Note Records: The Collection
The Cover Art of Blue Note Records is Graham Marsh and Glyn Callingham's classic collection of the finest record sleeves produced by the celebrated Blue Note record label.
Improvising Blues Piano
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.
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...
Hear It And Sing It] - Exploring Modal Jazz
Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire
Written by award-winning jazz historian Ted Gioia, this comprehensive guide offers an illuminating look at more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. In this comprehensive and unique survey, here are the songs that sit at the heart of the jazz repertoire, ranging from "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Autumn in New York" to "God Bless the Child,""How High the Moon," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." Gioia includes Broadway show tunes written by such greats as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, and classics by such famed jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane. The book offers vibrant discussions of each song, packed with information about how the song was written, who recorded it, the song's place in jazz history, and much more., Gioia includes recommendations for more than 2,000 recordings, with a list of suggested tracks for each song. Filled with colorful anecdotes and expert commentary, The Jazz Standards will appeal to a wide audience, serving as a fascinating introduction for new fans, an invaluable and long-needed handbook for jazz lovers and musicians, and an indispensable reference for students and educators.
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
Exploring Jazz Piano
Exploring Jazz Piano
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!
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.
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.
Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer: Nathan Burkan and the Making of American Popular Culture
Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration
The fascinating story of how creative cooperation inspired two of the world's most celebrated musical acts.
Appetite For Destruction
Part of the "You're The Voice" series, this book features arrangements of classic Billie Holiday songs for piano, voice and guitar and a short artist biography. It includes an accompanying CD that contains full backing tracks for each song, professionally arranged and recorded to recreate the sounds of the original recording.
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.
Real Book: Volume I Sixth Edition B Flat Instruments (Mini Edition)
Clarinet Scales Grades 1-8 from 2015
Intents and Purposes: Philosophy and the Aesthetics of Improvisation
Uses a series of case studies to challenge assumptions about what defines a musical work and musical performance, seeking to go beyond philosophical and aesthetic templates from Western classical music to foreground the distinctive practices and aesthetics of jazz.
Don't Worry 'Bout The Bear: From the Blues to Jazz, Rock & Roll and Black Sabbath
Straight Life: The Story Of Art Pepper
The story of Art Pepper
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.
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.
Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story
Zappa and Jazz: Did it really smell funny, Frank?
Frank Zappa's music has a unique and easily recognisable quality, and is a brilliant synthesis of a wide range of cultural influences. This book focuses on just one of the influences on Zappa's music, namely Jazz.
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.
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.
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
No other jazz musician has proved so inspirational and so fascinating as Coltrane. Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for the New York Times, has written the first book to do justice to this great and controversial music pioneer.
Jazz Clarinet Studies
Easy Jazzin' About Piano
A collection of original jazz pieces in a range of contemporary styles, tailor-made for the absolute beginner (grade 0-2).
Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68
Charlie Parker Omnibook - Play-Along CDs
101 Must Know Jazz Licks
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
Beginning Solo Guitar: Jazzy Christmas
Jazz Piano Pieces, Grade 2
Five albums of graded pieces providing a wealth of jazz repertoire. Each presents 15 pieces in three lists: blues, standards and contemporary jazz. The head of each piece is set out with characteristic voicings, phrasing and rhythmic patterns. The improvised section gives guideline pitches and left-hand voicings as a practical starting-point.
Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography
The acclaimed classic biography, fully revised, becomes the definitive.
Jazzin' The Blues - A Complete Guide To Learning The Jazz-Blues Guitar (Book/Online Audio)
Jazz Piano Songbook
Features 20 jazz classics that are transcribed from the original recordings for piano and voice with guitar chord boxes. This title includes jazz singers such as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum. It also includes songs like "Every time We Say Goodbye", "Fly Me To The Moon", and "I Get A Kick Out Of You".
Berklee Jazz Piano: Piano: Jazz
Really the Blues
Jazz Saxophone Studies
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.