Jazz has a long and fascinating story. Many books have been written about its history, it’s musical composition, and the musicians who played it. Bop in the Dotte is a celebration of all aspects of jazz. For those interested in learning more, staff has compiled this list of books that will satisfy and inform those new to the genre or old fans. For more great titles, check out our catalog.
Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion by Michael Stephans
Stephans – a teacher, writer, and accomplished jazz drummer – takes readers on a tour of jazz, instrument by instrument and artist by artist. According to Stephans, listening to jazz is an experience unique in the world of music with listeners and artists experiencing the essence of the music together. He illustrates this by using commentaries from jazz musicians on how best to experience their music. The book will help jazz listeners gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the music.
Jazz Arranging and Composing: A Linear Approach by Bill Dobbins
Using techniques by such composers as Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Dobbins explains the different ways a melody can be harmonized. The book includes common techniques, form and development explanations, previously arranged scores for analysis, and a discography for reference. Exploring the most basic through complicated arranging, this book is written for all levels of composers and musicians.
Jazz Covers edited by Joaquim Paulo and Julius Wiedemann
Jazz Covers contains a large selection of covers from jazz records dating from 1940 through the decline of the LP in the 1990s. Each cover is accompanied by a fact sheet that lists the performer and album name, art director, photographer, illustrator, year, label, and other important facts. It also contains interviews and top favorite lists from popular jazz personalities.
Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties by Hans-Jurgen Schaal and illustrated by Robert Nippoldt
This illustrated book pays homage to the wild jazz scene in 1920s New York. It contains stories and facts about popular jazz icons of the time, as well as descriptions of the club scenes and recording sessions. Included is a CD of songs by the featured artists. The accompanying illustrations won numerous awards for beautiful design.
Jazzlife: A Journey for Jazz Across America in 1960 by William Claxton and Joachim E. Berendt
In the 1960s, photograph William Claxton and musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled America seeking out jazz music and musicians. Their collection of photographs has been reassembled, including many never-before-seen images, and updated in this edition. It includes photos of Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and many, many more.
Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop by Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix
This definitive portrait takes readers through the heyday of Kansas City jazz. Kansas City, known as the Paris of the Plains and a town that prohibition never touched, gave birth to a new, rough, urban style of jazz that changed the face of the genre. Jazz authorities Frank Diggs and Chuck Haddix, a Kansas City local, explore the history that made Kansas City jazz famous.
The Jazz and Blues Lover’s Guide to the U.S. by Christina Bird
This travel guide covers 900 jazz landmarks in 25 different cities. These landmarks include clubs, radio stations, homes of musicians, festivals, theaters and popular gathering places. The descriptions include anecdotes from club owners and performers who frequented these locations. Though some places are long gone, jazz lovers will still find this a handy guide for discovering areas important to the genre.