Matt R. Lohr

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11/15/13    Books

Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton
Gary Burton

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...


10/25/13    Books

The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild
Hannah Rothschild

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...


05/27/13    Books

Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron
Paul Combs

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...


02/15/13    Books

Why Jazz Happened
Marc Myers

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...


09/24/12    Books

What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist
Dave Liebman in Conversation with Lewis Porter

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...


06/05/12    Books

Tito Puente Bio Lacks the Fire of the Music

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...


05/07/12    Books

Book Review: ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man’

Helena Jobim’s bio of her brother exposes the depth of the artist and the man


01/29/12    Books

Book Review: A Natural History of the Piano

Jazz fans will find no major revelations in Stuart Isacoff's well researched timeline


11/23/11    Books

Here and Now! The Autobiography of Pat Martino
Pat Martino with Bill Milkowski

Matt Lohr reviews guitar legend Pat Martino's memoir


10/21/11    Books

Norman Granz Bio ‘The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice’

Tad Hershorn’s comprehensive bio of an epic career


08/02/11    Books

Nica's Dream

A review of David Kastin’s biography of Pannonica de Koenigswarter


06/21/11    Books

What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years

Review of book by Ricky Riccardi


03/27/11    Books

Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World
John Szwed

Review of new biography on noted folklorist and musicologist

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Matt R. Lohr joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2011