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Knowing Jazz

Ken Prouty argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz's identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or ...

Jazz Diplomacy

Jazz as an instrument of global diplomacy transformed superpower relations in the Cold War era and reshaped democracy's image worldwide. Lisa E. Davenport tells the story of America's program of jazz ...

That's Got 'Em!

Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence
Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music–Best History (tie) (2011)

Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961) is one of the most important, yet unheralded, ...

I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now

In I’m Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism and the Mississippi Delta, Stephen A. King reveals the strategies used by blues promoters and organizers in Mississippi, both African American and white, ...

Ragged but Right

The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest ...

Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930–1942

Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence
Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music–Certificate of Merit (2013)

The coal fields of West Virginia would seem an unlikely market for big ...

Downhome Gospel

Jerrilyn McGregory explores sacred music and spiritual activism in a little-known region of the South, the Wiregrass Country of Georgia, Alabama, and North Florida. She examines African American sacred ...

Glorious Days and Nights

By Herb Snitzer
Afterword by Dan Morgenstern
Categories: Photography

Glorious Days and Nights is a personal account of the fifty-year career of jazz photographer Herb Snitzer, with a special focus on his years in New York City from 1957 to 1964. A photojournalist for Life, ...

Let the World Listen Right

In the Mississippi Delta, creativity, community, and a rich expressive culture persist despite widespread poverty. Over five years of extensive work in the region, author Ali Colleen Neff collected a ...