Double Bass Blues

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How to Listen to Jazz

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OlioPart fact, part fiction, Tyehimba Jess s much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicate

Trombone Shorty

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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew

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What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

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A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation

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The Book of Harlan

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The 5 O'Clock Band

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Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

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Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty

Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical PlentyWhat does it mean to listen in the digital era Today, new technologies make it possible to roam instantly and experimentally across musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have Either way, we can

Bird & Diz

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Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong

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