Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jazz that books . .

Recently a friend who works at the Stanford University bookstore asked me to recommend some titles that would be of use to a general audience. There is an annual festival there on campus and the folks at the store wanted to set aside space to honor the occasion. Here are the titles I suggested.

Notes & Tones, Musician to Musician Interviews by Arthur Taylor (Yes, that Arthur Taylor)

Four Jazz Lives by A.B. Spellman (Previously published as Four Lives in the Bebop Business as well as Black Music, Four Lives)

The Sound Of Surprise, 46 Pieces On Jazz by Whitney Balliett (Collects many the late Balliett's shorter writings for the New Yorker from 1954-1959)

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