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Jazz: A History of America's Music

Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:56 Published in Books

The big problem with this book is that it provides, at best, a severely truncated and tendentious history of the music.  One chapter gives a cursory overview of several developments in the 1950s. The final chapter covers the remaining 40 years in a slim, almost perfunctory twenty or thirty pages. Perhaps the book should have been titled "Jazz: The First 50 Years."

Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns



The First book of Jazz

Thursday, 02 June 2011 15:41 Published in Books

Langston Hughes, great writer and poet, was also a jazz fan.

Quotable Jazz

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:32 Published in Books

Quotable Jazz
is a one-of-a-kind reference that's as essential to your jazz collection as Coltrane's Giant Steps or Miles' Kind of Blue.

Finnish Ornette Birks Makkonen comic books.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 15:24 Published in Books


Main character is DJ, record collector, amateur trombonist and adventurer. Unfortunately only one or two Ornette Birks Makkonen comics are out in English. One of them is Ornette Birks Makkonen Makes Jazz Happen.