July/August 2010 By Jeff Tamarkin
The challenge for any biographer approaching a subject whose life story is ingrained in the world’s cellular memory is to introduce something new to that tale. For Pops , his exhaustive Louis Armstrong bio, author Terry Teachout benefited from unprecedented...
July/August 2010 By Christopher Loudon
Be it with friends, lovers, wives or bands, Artie Shaw was a serial deserter. So reveals biographer Tom Nolan in his breezily written yet painstakingly detailed Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake . Diggers in search of celebrity dirt will surely be disappointed...
03/16/10 By Brian Gilmore
Brian Gilmore reviews the autobiography of saxophonist Jimmy Heath, a true survivor.
03/13/10 By Lyn Horton
Lyn Horton reviews book of poetry and photography, with a jazz theme.
03/05/10 By Brian Gilmore
In Richard Williams’ The Blue Moment: Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music , Williams accomplishes two very difficulty things. First, he proves that despite books and other writings about the Miles Davis classic, there is still so much...
01/30/10 By John Schu
Rinzler explores ”four pairs of opposites in jazz; individualism and interconnectedness, assertion and openness, freedom and responsibility, and creativity and tradition.” He examines each of them in detail in a separate chapter and then discusses how they...
01/28/10 By Lee Mergner
JT editor-in-chief reviews recent book of music photography from one of America's great creative photographers.
01/11/10 By John Schu
Bassist/educator/composer/ Collier often states that his mantra is “Jazz happens in real time ,once” and that this represents a challenge for the jazz composer since the composition is but the basis for the performance; what the musicians bring to it is...
12/18/09 By Lee Mergner
A new photo book pulls over a century's worth of jazz images from the Louisiana State Museum and captures the unique roots and diversity of New Orleans music.