From T. J. English, the New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne, comes the epic, scintillating narrative of the interconnected worlds of jazz and organized crime in 20th century America.
"[A] brilliant and courageous book." —Dr. Cornel West
The definitive biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist, Bill Frisell.FEATURING EXCLUSIVE LISTENING SESSIONS WITH: Paul Simon; Justin Vernon of Bon Iver; Gus Van Sant; Rhiannon Giddens; The Bad Plus; Gavin Bryars; Van Dyke Parks; Sam Amidon; Hal Willner; Jim Woodring; Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill.
This book introduces the reader to the wisdom of Art Blakey's teaching through his quotes and reaching into the deepest grotto of the meaning of each one of them.
What begins as one woman’s search for her own artistic courage unravels into a stunning look into what jazz music can teach us about our search for the truest version of ourselves.
For decades, seasoned players on the scene have spoken in whispered tones about The Blue: a mysterious meeting place for jazz history - a place where ghosts from this music's storied past sp
Robert Johnson is the subject of the most famous myth about the blues: he allegedly sold his soul at the crossroads in exchange for his incredible talent, and this deal led to his death at age 27. But the actual story of his life remains unknown save for a few inaccurate anecdotes. Up Jumped the Devil is the result of over 50 years of research.
It is no easy feat to capture the enormous spirit of Stevie Ray Vaughan, an unmatched blues man and guitar legend. His otherworldly talent and relentless drive took him from humble beginnings in Texas bars to world tours and superstar status. He wrestled with addiction that threatened to take it all away.
The first-ever overview on the multimedia art of free-jazz pioneer and creative polymath Milford Graves
The official illustrated history of Blue Note, the most influential and important brand in jazz.
This book documents a great American story, that of B.B. King, the "King of the Blues," and one of America's most important popular musicians.
Born 130 years ago in the heart of Mississippi, Charlie Patton (c. 1891–1934) is considered by many to be a father of the Delta blues.
Hound Dog Taylor made guitars howl and hips shake.
With striking photographs and personal insight, a compelling biography of the great American saxophonist and free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman.
Ornette Coleman’s career encompassed the glory years of jazz and the American avant-garde. Born in segregated Fort Worth, Texas, during the Great Depression, the African-American composer and musician was zeitgeist incarnate.