Suggested Bibliography for the Jazz Journalists Association

Suggested Bibliography for the Jazz Journalists Association

a partial list of our members' and colleagues' works, and other important books on jazz

A work in progress. If you're a member and we've missed your book, please send an e-mail to hman@jazzhouse.org and include author, title, publisher, date and ISBN.

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Authors
A-G · H-O · P-Z
H-O
David Hajdu
Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture
Da Capo Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780306818332
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Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997
ISBN: 0865475121
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Devra Hall
And John Levy
Men, Women and Girl Singers: My Life as a Musician Turned Talent Manager
Beckham Publications Group, 2000
ISBN: 0931761743
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Karla Harby
And Jimi Durso, Editors
Jazz Improvisation: Advice from the Masters
Outcat Records, 2004 (available at www.outcatrecords.com)
ISBN: 0975963201
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Hasse, John Edwin
and Tad Lathrop
Discover Jazz
Prentice Hall, 2011
ISBN: 9780205003518
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Max Harrison, Charles Fox and Eric Thacker
The Essential Jazz Records, vol. 1, Ragtime to Swing
Continuum, 2000
ISBN: 0720117089
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
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Harrison, Thacker and Stuart Nicholson
The Essential Jazz Records, Vol. 2: Modernism To Postmodernism
Continuum, 2000
ISBN: 0720117224
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
John Hasse
Editor
Jazz: The First Century
essays by Bob Blumenthal, Neil Tesser, John Litweiler, Kevin Whitehead, Krin Gabbard, Larry Appelbaum

William Morrow, 2000
ISBN: 0688170749
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington
Da Capo Press, 1995
ISBN: 0306806142
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Mike Heffley
Northern Sun, Southern Moon: Europe's Reinvention of Jazz
Yale University Press, 2005
ISBN: 0300106939
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 7, 2012
Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro
Editors
Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
Dover, 1990
ISBN: 0486217264
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
Jazz Makers: Essays on the Greats of Jazz
Da Capo Press, 1979
ISBN: 0306801051
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Nat Hentoff
At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene
University of California Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-0520261136
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American Music Is
Da Capo Press, 2004
ISBN: 0306813513
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
2nd edition
Boston Boy: Growing Up With Jazz and Other Rebellious Passions
Dry, Paul Books, 2001
ISBN: 096796752X
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And Ahmet Ertegun and Greil Marcus
What'd I Say: The Atlantic Story: 50 Years of Music
Welcome Rain Publishers, 2001
ISBN: 1566490480
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
With Bob Parent, Photographer
Jazz Is
DIANE Publishing, 1992 (Third Edition)
ISBN: 0756750458
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Listen To The Stories: Nat Hentoff on Jazz and Country Music
Harper Collins, 2000
ISBN: 0306809826
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Jazz: New Perspectives on the History of Jazz by Twelve of the World's Foremost Jazz Critics and Scholars
Da Capo Press, 1983
ISBN: 0306800020
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Paperback edition
Jazz Life
Da Capo Press, 1978
ISBN: 0306800888
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Tad Hershorn
Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice
University of California Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-0520267824
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Monika Herzig
David Baker: A Legacy in Music
University of Indiana Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-0253356574
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Randi Hultin
Born Under the Sign Of Jazz
Sanctuary Music Library, 1998
ISBN: 1860742521
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Cicily Janus
The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today's Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow
Billboard Books, 2010
ISBN: 978-0823000654
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Todd Jenkins
I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006
ISBN: 0275981029
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Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004
ISBN: 0313298815
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Sanford Josephson
Jazz Notes: Interviews Across the Generations
Praeger Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 978-0313357008
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Ashley Kahn
The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records
W.W. Norton, 2006
ISBN: 0393058794
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
Paperback edition
Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
Penguin Group, 2003
ISBN: 0142003522
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece
Da Capo, 2000
ISBN: 0306809869
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
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Fred Kaplan
1959: The Year Everything Changed
Wiley, 2009
ISBN: 978-0470387818
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Robin D.G. Kelley
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
The Free Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-0684831909
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Bill Kirchner
Editor
The Oxford Companion to Jazz
Oxford University Press, featuring some two dozen JJA members among its 60 essayists, 2000
ISBN: 019512510X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted April 1, 2012
Bruce H. Klauber
Introduction by Mel Tormé
World of Gene Krupa: That Legendary Drummin' Man
Pathfinder Publishing, 1991
ISBN: 093479328X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted March 19, 2013
Walter Kolosky
Girls Don't Like Real Jazz: A Jazz Patriot Speaks Out
Abstract Logix Books, 2004 (available at www.abstractlogix.com/xcart/product.php?productid=17933)
ISBN: 0976101602
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
John Kruth
Bright Moments: The Life & Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Welcome Rain Publishers, 2000
ISBN: 1566492181
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 26, 2012
Art Lange
Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose
Coffee House Press, 1993
ISBN: 1566890012
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Skoot Larson
The No News Is Bad News Blues
Authorhouse, 2007
ISBN: 1425988024
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Floyd Levin
Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and Musicians
University of California Press, 2000
ISBN: 0520213602
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
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Peter Levinson
Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way - A Biography
Da Capo Press, 2005
ISBN: 0306811111
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle
Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001
ISBN: 0823076725
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
-> JazzHouse.org review
Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James
Oxford University Press, 1999
ISBN: 019514239X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted June 25, 2012
Jean Pierre Lion
Translated by Gabriella Page-Fort
Bix: The Definitive Biography of a Jazz Legend
Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005
ISBN: 0826416993
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
John Litweiler
Mojo Snake Minuet
Goodbait Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-1598589757
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Ornette Coleman: A Harmolodic Life
Da Capo Press, September 1994
ISBN: 0306805804
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958
Da Capo, 1990
ISBN: 0306803771
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Graham Lock
Blutopia: Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and Anthony Braxton
Duke University Press, 1999
ISBN: 0822324407
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
Jacques Lowe with Bob Blumenthal and Cliff Preiss
Jazz: Photographs of the Masters
Artisan, 1995
ISBN: 1885183259
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
Gerald Majer
The Velvet Lounge: Essays on Late Chicago Jazz
Columbia University Press, 2005
ISBN: 023113682X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Howard Mandel
Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz
Routledge, 2007
ISBN: 0415967147
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Editor. Contributors include James Hale, Todd Jenkins, John McDonough, Bill Milkowski, and Bob Porter.
The Illustrated Enclyclopedia of Jazz and Blues
Watson-Guptill Publications, 2005
ISBN: 0823082660
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Future Jazz
Oxford University Press, 2000
ISBN: 0195141210
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
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Kenny Mathieson
Cookin': Hard Bop and Soul Jazz, 1954-65
Canongate Books, 2002
ISBN: 1841952397
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65
Payback Press, 2000
ISBN: 0862418593
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted February 22, 2001
-> Excerpt
Wilfrid Mellers
Music In A New Found Land
Oxford University Press, 1965
Michelle Mercer
Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter
Tarcher/Penguin, 2004
ISBN: 1-58542-353-X
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Bill Milkowski
Legends of Jazz
Preface by Joe Lovano
White Star Publishers, 2011
ISBN: 978-8854406049
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2nd edition, includes CD
Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius
Backbeat Books, 2005
ISBN: 0-87930-859-1
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Swing It! An Annotated History of Jive
Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001
ISBN: 0823076717
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
Rockers, Jazzbos & Visionaries
Billboard, 1998
ISBN: 0823078337
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius
Backbeat Books, 1996
ISBN: 0-87930-426-X
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Mark Miller
Way Down That Lonesome Road: Lonnie Johnson in Toronto, 1965-1970

The Mercury Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-1551281483
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Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life
The Mercury Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1551281469
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High Hat, Trumpet, and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow
The Mercury Press, 2007
ISBN: 1551281279
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A Certain Respect for Tradition: Mark Miller on Jazz
The Mercury Press, 2006
ISBN: 1551281252
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Some Hustling This! - Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929
The Mercury Press, 2005
ISBN: 1551281198
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada and Canadians in Jazz
The Mercury Press, 2001
ISBN: 1551280930
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949
The Mercury Press, 1998
ISBN: 1551280469
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
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Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada 1953
Harbour Pub Co, 1990
ISBN: 0889711194
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Jazz in Canada: Fourteen Lives
Nightwood Editions, 1988
ISBN: 088971116X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Boogie, Pete and the Senator: Canadian Musicians in Jazz: The Eighties
Nightwood Editions, 1987
ISBN: 0889711127
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted June 23, 2012
William Minor
Jazz Journeys to Japan: The Heart Within
University of Michigan Press, 2004
ISBN: 0472113453
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
With Bill Wishner, Photographer
Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years
Angel City Press, 1997
ISBN: 1883318408
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 7, 2012
-> JazzHouse.org review
Unzipped Souls: A Jazz Journey through the Soviet Union
Temple University Press, 1995
ISBN: 1566393248
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Bill Moody
Shades of Blue
Poisoned Pen Press, 2008
ISBN: 1590584856
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Reprint edition
The Sound of the Trumpet
OffByOne Press, 2005
ISBN: 0976876809
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Paperback edition
Solo Hand
OffByOne Press, 2003
ISBN: 0964413833
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 7, 2012
Looking for Chet Baker: An Evan Horne Mystery
Walker and Company, 2002
ISBN: 0802733689
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Bird Lives!
Worldwide Library, 2000
ISBN: 0373263503
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The Sound of the Trumpet
Walker & Company, 1996
ISBN: 0802732917
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Death of a Tenor Man
Walker & Company, 1995
ISBN: 0802732690
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Designed by Richard Hendel, Foreword by Stanley Dance
Jazz Exiles: American Musicians Abroad
University of Nevada Press, 1993
ISBN: 087417244
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
Thomas L. Morgan
Historic Photos of New Orleans Jazz
Turner Publishing, 2009
ISBN: 978-1596525450
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Dan Morgenstern
And Herb Snitzer
Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir
University Press of Mississippi, 2011
ISBN: 978-1604738445
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Foreword for Barney Josephson & Terri-Trilling Josephson
Cafe Society: The Wrong Place for the Right People
University of Illinois Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780252034138
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And George Bassett, Henry Martin, Evan Spring
Annual Review of Jazz Studies: 2003, Vol. 13
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007
ISBN: 0810859459
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Edited by Sheldon Meyer
Living With Jazz: A Reader
Pantheon, 2004
ISBN: 037542072X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
And Edward Brooks
Young Louis Armstrong on Records
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002
ISBN: 081040731
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
With Charles Graham and Photographers Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Hinton, and Art Kane
A Great Jazz Day
Woodford Publishing, 1999
ISBN: 0942627350
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 7, 2012
And Ole Brask
Jazz People
Da Capo Press, 1993 (Paperback edition)
ISBN: 0306805278
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
And Gene Fernett
Swing Out: Great Negro Dance Bands
Da Capo Press, 1993 (Paperback edition)
ISBN: 0306805014
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
And Edward Berger, Henry Martin, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 11: 2000-2001, Vol. 11
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002
ISBN: 081845350
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
And Edward Berger, Henry Martin, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 10: 1999, Vol. 10
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002
ISBN: 081840561
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
And Edward Berger, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 2
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001
ISBN: 0810822962
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
And Edward Berger, Henry Martin, Lewis Porter, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 8: 1996
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997
ISBN: 0810831996
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
And Edward Berger, Henry Martin, Lewis Porter, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 7: 1994-1997
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1996
ISBN: 0010831228
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And Edward Berger, Henry Martin, Lewis Porter, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 6: 1993
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1993
ISBN: 0810827271
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
And Edward Berger, Lewis Porter, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies, 1991, Vol. 5
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1991
ISBN: 0810824787
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
And Edward Berger, Lewis Porter, David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies, 1988, Vol. 4
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1988
ISBN: 0810822989
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Editor
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 3
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1986
ISBN: 0810822970
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted December 13, 2012
And Charles Nanry and David Cayer, Editors
Annual Review of Jazz Studies 1
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1982
ISBN: 0878558969
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Stuart Nicholson
Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved to a New Address)
Taylor & Francis, 2005
ISBN: 0415975832
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete Biography
Taylor & Francis, 2004
ISBN: 0415971195
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Paperback reprint
Billie Holiday
Northeastern University Press, 1997
ISBN: 1555533035
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Eric Nisenson
Open Sky: Sonny Rollins And His World Of Improvisation
St. Martin's Press, 2001
ISBN: 0306809885
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted June 25, 2012
The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece
St. Martin's Press, 2000
ISBN: 0312266170
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
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Blue: The Murder of Jazz
Da Capo Press, 2000
ISBN: 0306809257
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
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Tom Nolan
Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw
W. W. Norton, 2010
ISBN: 978-0393062014
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Robert O'Meally
Editor
The Jazz Cadence of American Culture
Columbia University Press, 1998
ISBN: 0231104499
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Dan Ouellette
Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes
ArtistShare, 2009
ISBN: 978-0615265261
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C o m m e n t s

re: reviews of books by JJA members 1 of 4
Philip Booth September 16, 05

I'm always looking for new jazz-related books to consider for review in various newspapers and magazines.

For planning (and pitching purposes), it's always best to get information regarding publication date, publisher and a PR contact for review copies as soon as possible. Perhaps JJA members with forthcoming books could make this information available somewhere on the site?

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