Book Reviews

Book Review – The History of European Jazz – (Equinox, 2018)

 The History of European Jazz: the Music, Musicians and Audience in Context, edited by Francesco Martinelli (Equinox, 2018) On a recent visit to Istanbul, in Europe’s most...

Sophisticated Giant | The long awaited biography of Dexter Gordon

It’s been a long time coming however the biography of Dexter Gordon, written by his wife and longtime manager Maxine Gordon, is now available for pre-order ahead of...

Mark Murphy: This is Hip, a biography by Peter Jones.

Guest Post by Peter Jones. When it comes to iconic male jazz vocalists there is one performer that is impossible to ignore, Mark Murphy. Born in Syracuse on March 14, 1932, Murphy...

Sammy Stein’s ‘all that’s Jazz’ Book Review by Nigel J.

all that’s Jazz by Sammy Stein Published in 2017 by Tomahawk Press ISBN-13: 978-0-9557670-9-8 Available on AMAZON  (Customer reviews give this book a 5-star rating). all...

How Hugh Hefner And Playboy Changed The Face Of Music

This article was originally posted in July 2015 and now re-posted on the day the news of Hugh Hefner’s passing at the age of 91. “A comprehensive and wildly...

Jazz, made in Italy – Anna Harwell Celenza’s superb new book!

Anna Harwell Celenza’s book “Jazz Italian Style” published by CUP (Cambridge University Press) was published earlier this year and I was hooked.  I need to clarify: this is...

All That’s Jazz ~ New book by Sammy Stein ~ a Senior writer for Jazz in Europe

Editor’s note:  Sammy Stein is a tireless supporter and a consummate navigator of the ever changing landscape of Jazz. With the utmost integrity, Sammy enthusiastically...

Book review | ‘Graphic Works 1959-2016’ | Peter Brotzmann

Peter Brotzmann sent me a copy of his book ‘Graphic Works 1959-2016’ a little while ago and it has sat on my desk for a couple of months. Not because I was not...

Buddy Bolden | The First Man Of Jazz by Don Marquis

No recordings of Buddy Bolden exist. Only one photograph of him has ever been authenticated (even this stirred a debate as to whether it was back to front or not). He never played...

Sidney Bechet | The Wizard Of Jazz by John Chilton

Sidney Bechet is a legendary figure in the history of jazz. A larger than life character, he was perhaps the only man who could hold a candle to the extraordinary talents of Louis...

Marc Myers | Why Jazz Happened

Why Jazz Happened is not your typical history of jazz. You won’t get long biographies of Coltrane, Davis, and Monk. You won’t get in-depth analyses of great songs,...