02/15/13 By Matt R. Lohr
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...
02/12/13 By Lee Mergner
Lee Mergner reviews Paul De Barros' biography of Marian McPartland
09/24/12 By Matt R. Lohr
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...
09/10/12 By Christopher Loudon
An inveterate jazz multitasker, Ted Gioia is an accomplished pianist and respected educator but remains best known for his work as a journalist and historian. His The History of Jazz , issued in 1997 and updated last year, is essential to any serious music...
06/05/12 By Matt R. Lohr
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 By Matt R. Lohr
Helena Jobim’s bio of her brother exposes the depth of the artist and the man
01/29/12 By Matt R. Lohr
Jazz fans will find no major revelations in Stuart Isacoff's well researched timeline
12/13/11 By Jack Cooper
A comprehensive look at a respected composer and educator
11/23/11 By Bill Milkowski
Bill Milkowski reviews two new books about music in post-Katrina New Orleans