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
P-Z
Tom Piazza
Understanding Jazz: Ways to Listen
Random House, 2005
ISBN: 1400063698
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Blues Up And Down: Jazz In Our Time
St. Martin's Press, 1998
ISBN: 031220132X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Roberta Piket
Jazz Piano Vocabulary, Volume 5: The Mixolydian Mode
Muse Eek Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 1594899584
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Jazz Piano Vocabulary, Volume 4: The Lydian Mode
Muse Eek Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 1594899568
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Jazz Piano Vocabulary, Volume 3: The Phrygian Mode
Muse Eek Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 1594899541
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Jazz Piano Vocabulary, Volume 2: The Dorian Mode
Muse Eek Publishing, 2003
ISBN: 189094498X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Jazz Piano Vocabulary, Volume 1: The Major Scale
Muse Eek Publishing, 2003
ISBN: 1594899525
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Marc PoKempner
Down at Theresa's: Chicago Blues: The Photographs of Marc Pokempner
Prestel Verlag, 2000
ISBN: 3791323008
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted December 28, 2000
Bob Porter and Michel Ruppli
Clef Verve MGM Era, Vol. 2
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1986
ISBN: 0313256942
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
The Clef/Verve Labels: A Discography: Vol. I, The Norman Granz Era
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1986
ISBN: 0313256934
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The Clef/Verve Labels: A Discography: Vol. I, The Norman Granz Era: Vol. II: The MGM Era
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1986
ISBN: 0313252947
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
The Savoy Label: A Discography, Vol. 2
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1980
ISBN: 031321199X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Prasad, Anil
Innerviews: Music Without Borders
Abstract Logix, 2010
ISBN: 978-0578015187
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Sergio Pujol
Jazz Al Sur: La Musica Negra En la Argentina
Planeta Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 9500425394
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Peter Pullman
Ebook
Wail: The Life of Bud Powell
Peter Pullman, LLC, 2012
ISBN: None
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Richie Quirino
Pinoy Jazz Traditions
Anvil Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 9712715183
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Doug Ramsey
Edited by Malcolm Harris
Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond
Parkside Publications, 2005
ISBN: 0961726679
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Foreword by Gene Lees
Jazz Matters : Reflections on the Music and Some of Its Makers
University of Arkansas Press, 1989
ISBN: 1557280606
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Paul Roland
Consultant and editor
Jazz Singers: The Great Song Stylists in Their Own Words (with photos)
Watson-Guptill Publications, 2000
ISBN: 082308342X
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Robert Rusch
Jazz Talk: The Cadence Interviews
Carol Publishing Group, 1984
ISBN: 0818403578
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Randall Sandke
Foreword by Ed Berger
Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics and Business of Jazz
Scarecrow Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-0810866522
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Ben Sandmel and Rick Olivier
Zydeco!
University Press of Mississippi, 1999
ISBN: 1578061164
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 26, 2012
Russel Sanjek and David Sanjek
American Popular Music Business In The 20th Century
Oxford University Press, 1991
ISBN: 0195058283
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted December 29, 2000
Gene Santoro
Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock & Country Music
Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 0195156072
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Myself When I Am Real: The Life And Music Of Charles Mingus
Oxford University Press, 2000
ISBN: 0195147111
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Stir It Up: Musical Mixes from Roots to Jazz
Oxford University Press, 1997
ISBN: 0737298618
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
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Paperback edition
Dancing in Your Head: Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Beyond
Oxford University Press, 1995
ISBN: 0195101235
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Bart Schneider
Blue Bossa
Viking, 1999
ISBN: 0140275703
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Gunther Schuller
The Swing Era
Oxford University Press, 1988
ISBN: 0195071409
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Early Jazz
Oxford University Press, 1986
ISBN: 0195040430
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted March 19, 2013
Chris Sheridan
Brilliant Corners: A Bio-Discography of Thelonious Monk
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001
ISBN: 0313302391
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 24, 2012
DIS Here: A Bio-Discography of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000
ISBN: 0313302405
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
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Count Basie: A Bio-Discography
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996
ISBN: 0313249350
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Alyn Shipton
Hi-De-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway
Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-0195141535
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2nd edition
A New History of Jazz
Continuum International Publishing Group, 2007
ISBN: 0826417892
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Out of the Long Dark: The Life of Ian Carr
Equinox Publishing, 2006
ISBN: 1845532228
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And George Shearing
Lullaby of Birdland
Continuum International Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 0862460151
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted October 8, 2012
With Malcolm Letts, translator
Handful of Keys: Conversations with 30 Jazz Pianists
Routledge, 2004
ISBN: 041972574
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Jazz Makers: Vanguards of Sound
Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 0195126890
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Fats Waller: Cheerful Little Earful
Continuum Publishing Group, 2002
ISBN: 0826457967
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Editor, and Danny Barker
Buddy Bolden and the Last Days of Storyville
Continuum International Publishing, 2001 (Paperback reprint)
ISBN: 0826457029
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
And Alan Groves
Glass Enclosure: The Life of Bud Powell
Continuum International Publishing, 2001 (Paperback reprint)
ISBN: 0826447465
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A New History of Jazz
Continuum International, 2001
ISBN: 0826447546
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
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Groovin' High: The Life Of Dizzy Gillespie
Oxford University Press, 1999
ISBN: 0195091329
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted March 19, 2013
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Editor, and Adolphus 'Doc' Cheatham
I Guess I'll Get the Papers and Go Home: The Life of Doc Cheatham
Continuum International Publishing, 1998 (Paperback edition)
ISBN: 0304703168
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
With Barry Dean Kernfeld, Editor
New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
Grove's Dictionaries, 1993
ISBN: 093585939X
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Editor, and Danny Barker
Life in Jazz
Oxford University Press, 1986
ISBN: 0195205111
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 26, 2012
Bill Smith
With Malcolm M.S. Harris, Editor
Jazz Clarinet
Parkside Publications, 1993
ISBN: 0961726652
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Imagine the Sound No. 5: The Book
Nightwood Editions, 1985
ISBN: 0999711038
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 24, 2012
Sam Stephenson
The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957 1965
Alfred A. Knopf, and Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, 2009
ISBN: 978-0307267092
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W. Royal Stokes
Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers
Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 0195159276
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians About Their Careers in Jazz
Oxford University Press, 2000
ISBN: 0195081080
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-> Excerpt
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Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson
Temple University Press, 1996
ISBN: 0830056831
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
-> Excerpt
-> JazzHouse.org review & selected photos
The Jazz Scene
Oxford University Press, 1993
ISBN: 0195082702
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted February 1, 2013
Richard Sudhalter
Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz 1915-1945
Oxford University Press, 1998
ISBN: 019514838X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
-> JazzHouse.org review
Charles Suhor
Foreword by Dan Morgenstern
Jazz in New Orleans: The Postwar Years through 1970
Scarecrow Press, Inc., April 2001
ISBN: 0810839075
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
John Szwed
Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World
Viking, 2010
ISBN: 978-0670021994
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Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music, and American Culture
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005
ISBN: 0182238826
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Paperback edition
So What: The Life of Miles Davis
Simon & Schuster, 2004
ISBN: 0684859831
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 24, 2012
Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz
Hyperion, 1999
ISBN: 0786884967
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Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra
Da Capo, 1998
ISBN: 0306808552
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Lee Tanner
Introduction by Nat Hentoff
The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography
H.N. Abrams Books, 2006
ISBN: 0810957493
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Foreword by Nat Hentoff
Images of Jazz
Friedman, Michael Publishing Group, 1998
ISBN: 1567993672
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And Ben Sidran
Talking Jazz: An Oral History
Da Capo Press, 1995 (Revised edition)
ISBN: 0306806134
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Editor, with Jeff Kaliss and Gene Lees
Dizzy: John Birks Gillespie in His 75th Year
Pomegranate Communications, 1993
ISBN: 1566403960
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
Jazz: A Book of Postcards
Pomegranate Communications, 1990
ISBN: 0876544359
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Lee Tanner's Jazz Photographs
Pomegranate Communications, 1990
ISBN: 1566404045
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Yuval Taylor
Editor, from correspondence of Will Friedwald, Ted Gioia, Jim Macnie, Peter Margasak, Stuart Nicholson, Ben Ratliff, John F. Szwed, Greg Tate, Peter Watrous, K. Leander Williams
The Future of Jazz
A Cappella Books, 2002
ISBN: 1556524463
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
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Terry Teachout
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 978-0151010899
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Neil Tesser
The Playboy Guide to Jazz
Plume, 1998
ISBN: 0452276489
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Mark Tucker
Editor
The Duke Ellington Reader
Oxford University Press, 1995
ISBN: 0195093917
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Sherrie Tucker
Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands of the 1940s
Duke University Press, 2000
ISBN: 0822324857
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
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John R. Tumpak
When Swing Was the Thing: Personality Profiles of the Big Band Era
Marquette University Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-0874620245
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Jack Vartoogian
And Linda Vartoogian, Photographers, with Adam McGovern
Musichound World: The Essential Album Guide, With CD
Visible Ink Press, 2000
ISBN: 1578590396
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With Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre
Afropop: An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary African Music
Book Sales, Inc., 1995
ISBN: 0785804439
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Norman Weinstein
A Night In Tunisia: Imaginings Of Africa In Jazz
Proscenium Publishers, 1993
ISBN: 0879101679
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 6, 2012
Florence Wetzel
And Perry Robinson
Perry Robinson: The Traveler
iUniverse, 2002
ISBN: 0595215386
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted September 5, 2012
-> Excerpt
Kevin Whitehead
New Dutch Swing
Billboard Books, 2000
ISBN: 0823083489
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
-> JazzHouse.org review
David Whiteis
Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories
University of Illinois Press, 2006
ISBN: Hardbound 025203068, Paperbound 0252073096
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Scott Yanow
Jazz: A Regional Exploration (Greenwood Guides to American Roots Music Series)
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005
ISBN: 0313328714
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 26, 2012
Jazz on Film: The Complete Story of the Musicians and Music Onscreen
Backbeat Books, 2004
ISBN: 0879307838
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Jazz on the Record: 1917-1976
Backbeat Books, 2001
ISBN: 0879307552
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Classic Jazz: The Musicians and Recordings That Shaped Jazz, 1895-1933
Backbeat Books, 2001
ISBN: 0879306599
-> Reader reviews - 2, latest September 6, 2012
Afro-Cuban Jazz
Back Beat Books, 2000
ISBN: 087930619X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 24, 2012
Swing
Back Beat Books, 2000
ISBN: 0879306009
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Bebop
Back Beat Books, 2000
ISBN: 0879306084
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Trumpet Kings
Back Beat Books, 1999
ISBN: 1567998550
-> Reader reviews - 2, latest November 10, 2011
Duke Ellington
Friedman, Michael Publishing Group, 1999
ISBN: 1567998550
-> Reader reviews - 2, latest November 10, 2011
Rafi Zabor
The Bear Comes Home
Norton, 1998
ISBN: 039331863X
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted May 2, 2004
Michael Zwerin
The Parisian Jazz Chronicles: An Improvisational Memoir
Yale University Press, 2005
ISBN: 0300108060
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 24, 2012
Swing Under the Nazis
Cooper Square, 2000
ISBN: 815410751
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Close Enough for Jazz
Salem House Publishers, 1984
ISBN: 0704324008
-> Reader reviews - 1, posted January 25, 2012
Authors
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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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