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A Tone Parallel to Duke Ellington

In this insightful new volume, Jack Chambers explores Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington’s music thematically, collating motifs, memes, and predilections that caught Ellington's attention and inspired ...

In with the In Crowd

Most studies of 1960s jazz underscore the sounds of famous avant-garde musicians like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler. Conspicuously absent from these narratives are the more popular ...

Jazz in the Hill

From the 1920s through the 1960s, Pittsburgh’s Hill District was the heart of the city’s Black cultural life and home to a vibrant jazz scene. In Jazz in the Hill: Nightlife and Narratives of a Pittsburgh ...

A Trumpet around the Corner

Samuel Charters has been studying and writing about New Orleans music for more than fifty years. A Trumpet around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz is the first book to tell the entire story of ...

Learning Jazz

Learning Jazz: Jazz Education, History, and Public Pedagogy addresses a debate that has consumed practitioners and advocates since the music's early days. Studies on jazz learning typically focus on one ...

Jazz à la Creole

Winner of the 2023 Award for Excellence for Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections

During the formative years of jazz (1890–1917), the Creoles of ...

Improvising the Score

2023 Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Jazz Awards for Books of the Year—Honorable Mention Recipient

On December 4, 1957, Miles Davis revolutionized film soundtrack production, improvising the score ...

The Real Ambassadors

Winner of the 2023 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Book Award
Recipient of a 2023 Certificate of Merit for Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz from the Association for Recorded Sound ...

The Drum Is a Wild Woman

In 1957, Duke Ellington released the influential album A Drum Is a Woman. This musical allegory revealed the implicit truth about the role of women in jazz discourse—jilted by the musician and replaced ...

Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam

Shortlisted for the EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize 2022

Quyền Văn Minh (b. 1954) is not only a jazz saxophonist and lecturer at the prestigious Vietnam National Academy of Music, but he is also one ...