Matt R. Lohr
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In his introduction to Learning to Listen , master vibraphonist Gary Burton offers readers the choice of absorbing his story as either that of “a gay jazz musician or … a jazz-playing gay man, whichever you prefer.” This declaration might potentially put...
In 2011, David Kastin released the award-winning Nica’s Dream , a jazz journalist’s take on the life of Pannonica de Koenigswarter, the European baroness who gave up home, husband and children to devote herself to jazz. Now, providing another side of the...
Paul Combs set himself a considerable challenge in Dameronia , his new biography of arguably the most influential composer and arranger of the bebop era. By Combs’ own admission, the record of Tadd Dameron’s personal history is a sketchy one. Dameron was...
Although Marc Myers begins Why Jazz Happened with an account of the first jazz recording (by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, in 1917), his book is not a comprehensive history of the music. Rather, this study focuses on a 30-year stretch, 1942 to 1972...
Dave Liebman has always been one of the smartest and most forthcoming musicians of his generation, and in his new book, What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist , the saxophonist and educator holds forth on his art, life and restless creative spirit with effortless...
Sometimes a story is better than its telling. This is sadly the case with Mambo Diablo , Joe Conzo's biography (written with David A. Pérez) of his longtime friend Tito Puente. This book aims to be the definitive chronicle of arguably the greatest Afro-Cuban...
Helena Jobim’s bio of her brother exposes the depth of the artist and the man
Jazz fans will find no major revelations in Stuart Isacoff's well researched timeline
Matt Lohr reviews guitar legend Pat Martino's memoir
Tad Hershorn’s comprehensive bio of an epic career
A review of David Kastin’s biography of Pannonica de Koenigswarter
Review of book by Ricky Riccardi
Review of new biography on noted folklorist and musicologist
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Matt R. Lohr joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2011