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April 12, 2017

 

Photo of jazz musician Dick Sisto and writer Thomas Merton.

The Jazz Monk: Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century--and he was also a passionate jazz fan.

August 21, 2016

 

Cover of Art Pepper's book Straight Life

Songs Of Themselves: Jazz Autobiographies

At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.

March 15, 2016

 

Cover of Linda Dahl's history of women in jazz, Stormy Weather.

Women In Jazz: A Bibliography

Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books (and Night Lights shows) that delve into the story of women jazz artists.

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.

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