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February 17, 2015


The cover for Samuel Charters' and Leonard Kunstadt's chronicle of NYC jazz.

Jazz Capitals Of America: A Bibliography

Books about the urban centers of 20th century America that played host to vital proving grounds for generations of jazz musicians.

October 13, 2014


album cover for Bud Powell's BOUNCING WITH BUD lp

The Scene Changes: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 2

Struggle, rebirth, and return: Bud Powell biographer Peter Pullman joins us again as we chronicle the final years of pianist Bud Powell.

October 10, 2014


Cover of Peter Pullman's Bud Powell biography WAIL

Time Flies: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 1

In the mid-1940s Bud Powell emerged as the leading pianist of bebop, but the personal troubles that would dog him throughout his career were emerging as well.

April 26, 2014


The dustjacket for Phil Ford's book DIG.

To Dig Or Not To Dig: Jazz And Hip With Phil Ford

The notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.

January 1, 2011


kerouac on the road

Three From Kerouac For the New Year

Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, the hunt, and visions of a jazz deity.

September 16, 2010


Duke Ellington's America

He, Too, Was America: Duke Ellington’s Sepia Panorama

A new book examines the bandleader and composer's life in the historical context of his times.

May 20, 2010


Penguin Jazz Guide

Pull Your Coat: Jazz News And Links For May 21th, 2010

Recent news about upcoming publications, the state of jazz radio and Hank Jones.

March 1, 2010



Portraits Of Harlem

The capital of African-American culture in the United States for decades, Harlem has inspired all sorts of musical tributes.

February 22, 2010


Monk Columbia

Thelonious Monk: From Myth To Man (Part 2)

In the late 1950s Thelonious Monk’s star finally began to rise. But even as the pianist hit artistic and commercial peaks, other problems began to set in.

February 15, 2010


Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk: From Man To Myth (Part 1)

Thelonious Monk was 'the high priest of bebop,' a family man, a bohemian icon, and one of the most significant composers of modern jazz.

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