Bibliography of jazz

A bibliography of books about jazz music, biographies and related content:


  • Ake, David; Garrett, Charles Hiroshi; Goldmark, Daniel (13 May 2012). Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries. University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Ake, David Andrew (2002). Jazz Cultures. University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Atkins, E. Taylor (1 November 2003). Jazz Planet. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN . 
  • Vladimir Bogdanov; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2002). All Music Guide to Jazz. Backbeat Books. ISBN . 
  • Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian; Chris Parker (1995). Jazz: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. ISBN . 
  • Collier, James Lincoln (1995). Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Conyers, Jr., James L. (26 December 2000). African American Jazz and Rap: Social and Philosophical Examinations of Black Expressive Behavior. McFarland. ISBN . 
  • Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz. Penguin. ISBN . 
  • Crow, Bill (12 August 2005). Jazz Anecdotes : Second Time Around: Second Time Around. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Dyer, Geoff (10 May 2012). But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz. Canongate Books. ISBN . 
  • Fernandez, Raul A. (2006). From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz. University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Gabbard, Krin (1 January 1995). Jazz Among the Discourses. Duke University Press. ISBN . 
  • Gabbard, Krin (1 January 1995). Representing Jazz. Duke University Press. ISBN . 
  • Gerard, Charley (1 January 1998). Jazz in Black and White: Race, Culture, and Identity in the Jazz Community. Praeger. ISBN . 
  • Giddins, Gary (22 October 1998). Visions of Jazz: The First Century. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Gioia, Ted (1998). West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960. University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Gourse, Leslie (1996). Madame Jazz: Contemporary Women Instrumentalists. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Hennessey, Thomas J. (1994). From Jazz to Swing: African-American Jazz Musicians and Their Music, 1890-1935. Wayne State University Press. ISBN . 
  • Jenkins, Todd S. (2004). Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN . 
  • Koenig, Karl (2002). Jazz in Print (1859-1929). Pendragon Press. ISBN . 
  • Meeder, Christopher (6 August 2012). Jazz: the Basics. Routledge. ISBN . 
  • Neely, Tim (28 February 2011). Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide: 50 Years of Jazz on Vinyl. Krause Publications. ISBN . 
  • Newton-Matza, Mitchell (2009). Jazz Age: People and Perspectives. ABC-CLIO. ISBN . 
  • Ogren, Kathy J. (1992). The Jazz Revolution. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Owens, Thomas. Bebop. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Pinson, K. Heather (2010). The Jazz Image: Seeing Music Through Herman Leonard's Photography. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN . 
  • Porter, Eric (2002). What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists. University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Riley, Herlin; Vidacovich, Johnny; Thress, Dan (1995). New Orleans Jazz and Second Line Drumming. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Shaw, Arnold (1989). The Jazz Age: Popular Music in the 1920's. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Townsend, Peter (2000). Jazz in American Culture. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN . 
  • Yanow, Scott (2000). Bebop. Miller Freeman Books. ISBN . 


  • Barnhart, Scotty (2005). The World of Jazz Trumpet: A Comprehensive History & Practical Philosophy. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN . 
  • Berendt, Joachim-Ernst (1 December 1979). Jazz, a photo history. Schirmer Books. ISBN . 
  • Bjorn, Lars (2001). Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60. University of Michigan Press. ISBN . 
  • Boyd, Jean A. (1998). The Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing. University of Texas Press. ISBN . 
  • Charters, Samuel Barclay (1962). Jazz: A History of the New York Scene. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Chiswick, Linton (1997). Milestones of Jazz: A Chronological History of Jazz Music in Photographs. CLB. ISBN . 
  • DeVeaux, Scott Knowles (1999). The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History. University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Dregni, Michael (2006). Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz. Fulcrum Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Driggs, Frank; Haddix, Chuck (2006). Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Gioia, Ted (8 April 2011). The History of Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Gitler, Ira (7 November 1985). Swing to Bop : An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN . 
  • Godbolt, Jim (January 2010). A History of Jazz in Britain: 1919 - 1950. Northway Publications. ISBN . 
  • Hardie, Daniel (11 December 2013). Jazz Historiography: The Story of Jazz History Writing. iUniverse. ISBN . 
  • Larson, Tom (2011). History and Tradition of Jazz. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN . 
  • Miller, Mark (2005). Some Hustling This! — Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929. The Mercury Press. ISBN . 
  • Miller, Robin J. (2005). The Jazz History Quilt. AuthorHouse. ISBN . 
  • Owsley, Dennis (2006). City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973. Reedy Press. ISBN . 
  • Schuller, Gunther (1968). Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Stearns, Marshall Winslow (1956). The Story of Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Taylor, Billy (1983). Jazz piano: a jazz history. W.C. Brown Co. Publishers. ISBN . 
  • Tirro, Frank (1993). Jazz: A History. Norton. ISBN . 
  • Walser, Robert (2014). Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Ward, Geoffrey C. (2001). Jazz: A History of America's Music. Pimlico. ISBN . 
  • Watkins, Candice; Howard, Arnett (2012). Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State. The History Press. ISBN . 
  • Yurochko, Bob (1993). A Short History of Jazz. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN . 


  • Feather, the late Leonard; Music, the late Ira Gitler Professor of Jazz History Manhattan School of (18 November 1999). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
Louis Armstrong
  • Armstrong, Louis (2001). Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Boujut, Michel (1998). Louis Armstrong. Rizzoli. 
  • Brothers, Thomas (17 April 2007). Louis Armstrong's New Orleans. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN . 
  • Collier, James Lincoln (1983). Louis Armstrong: An American Genius. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Giddins, Gary; Armstrong, Louis (1 March 2009). Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Nollen, Scott Allen (1 January 2004). Louis Armstrong: The Life, Music, and Screen Career. McFarland. ISBN . 
  • Storb, Ilse (1999). Louis Armstrong: the definitive biography. Peter Lang. 
  • Yomtov, Nel (1 July 2012). Louis Armstrong: Jazz Legend. Capstone Press, Incorporated. ISBN . 
Count Basie
  • Basie, Count (2002). Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Cole, Bill (1974). Miles Davis: the early years. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Dance, Stanley (1985). The World of Count Basie. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Kliment, Bud (1 January 1994). Count Basie. Holloway House Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Vail, Ken (1 January 2003). Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues, 1936-1950. Scarecrow Press. ISBN . 
Art Blakey
  • Goldsher, Alan (2002). Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN . 
  • Gourse, Leslie. Art Blakey. Schirmer Trade Books. ISBN . 
  • Ramsay, John (1994). Art Blakey's Jazz Messages. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
John Coltrane
  • Baker, David (1980). The Jazz Style of John Coltrane: A Musical and Historical Perspective. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Barron, Rachel (2002). John Coltrane: Jazz Revolutionary. Morgan Reynolds. ISBN . 
  • Brown, Leonard (11 August 2010). John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Cole, Bill (2001). John Coltrane. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Golio, Gary (2012). Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN . 
  • Nisenson, Eric (5 August 2009). Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest. Da Capo Press, Incorporated. ISBN . 
  • Porter, Lewis; DeVito, Chris; Wild, David; Yasuhiro Fujioka, Wolf Schmaler (26 April 2013). The John Coltrane Reference. Routledge. ISBN . 
  • Porter, Lewis (January 1998). John Coltrane: His Life and Music. University of Michigan Press. ISBN . 
  • Smith, Martin (30 September 2003). John Coltrane: jazz, racism and resistance. Redwords. ISBN . 
  • Thomas, J.C. (6 June 2012). Chasin the Trane. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN . 
Miles Davis
  • Carter, Ron; Terry, Clark; White, Lenny; Greg Tate, Ashley Kahn, Robin D. G. Kelley (19 November 2012). Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. ISBN . 
  • Carr, Ian (1999). Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography. HarperCollins. ISBN . 
  • Davis, Miles (15 September 1990). Miles. Simon and Schuster. ISBN . 
  • Szwed, John (31 May 2012). So What: The Life of Miles Davis. Random House. ISBN . 
  • Waters, Keith (11 February 2011). The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
Duke Ellington
  • Bradbury, David (1 January 2005). Duke Ellington. Haus Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Cohen, Harvey G. (15 May 2010). Duke Ellington's America. University of Chicago Press. ISBN . 
  • Ellington, Duke (1976). Music is My Mistress. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Franceschina, John (15 March 2001). Duke Ellington's Music for the Theatre. McFarland. ISBN . 
  • Pinkney, Andrea Davis (12 December 2006). Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra. Turtleback Books. ISBN . 
  • Tucker, Mark; Ellington, Duke (1993). The Duke Ellington Reader. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Ulanov, Barry (1975). Duke Ellington. Da Capo Press, Incorporated. ISBN . 
Bill Evans
  • Pettinger, Peter (August 2002). Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings. Yale University Press. ISBN . 
  • Shadwick, Keith (2002). Bill Evans: Everything Happens to Me, a Musical Biography. Backbeat. ISBN . 
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Fritts, Ron; Vail, Ken (1 January 2003). Ella Fitzgerald: The Chick Webb Years & Beyond. Scarecrow Press. ISBN . 
  • Gourse, Leslie (1998). The Ella Fitzgerald Companion: Seven Decades of Commentary. Schirmer Books. ISBN . 
  • Kliment, Bud (1 January 1989). Ella Fitzgerald: Singer. Facts On File, Incorporated. ISBN . 
  • Krohn, Katherine E. (1 January 2001). Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song. Twenty-First Century Books. ISBN . 
  • Nicholson, Stuart (22 July 2014). Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz, Updated Edition. Routledge. ISBN . 
  • Stone, Tanya Lee (2008). Ella Fitzgerald: A Twentieth Century Life. Viking. ISBN . 
Dizzy Gillespie
  • Gillespie, Dizzy (2009). To Be, Or Not-- to Bop. U of Minnesota Press. ISBN . 
  • Koster, Piet; Sellers, Chris (1988). Dizzy Gillespie: 1953-1987. Micrography. ISBN . 
  • Shipton, Alyn (3 June 1999). Groovin' High : The Life of Dizzy Gillespie: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Vail, Ken (1 January 2003). Dizzy Gillespie: the Bebop Years, 1937-1952. Scarecrow Press. ISBN . 
Benny Goodman
  • Collier, James Lincoln (1989). Benny Goodman and the Swing Era. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Connor, Donald Russell (1 January 1996). Benny Goodman: Wrappin' it Up. Scarecrow Press. ISBN . 
  • Connor, Donald Russell (1988). Benny Goodman: Listen to His Legacy. Scarecrow Press and the Institute of Jazz Studies. ISBN . 
  • Crowther, Bruce (1988). Benny Goodman. Apollo. ISBN . 
  • Firestone, Ross (1 August 1994). Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman. Norton. ISBN . #
Billie Holiday
  • Alagna, Magdalena (1 May 2002). Billie Holiday. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN . 
  • Clarke, Donald (1 April 2009). Billie Holiday: Wishing on the Moon. Da Capo Press, Incorporated. ISBN . 
  • Greene, Meg (2007). Billie Holiday: A Biography. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN . 
  • Margolick, David (27 June 2013). Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Café Society And An Early Cry For Civil Rights. Canongate Books. ISBN . 
  • O'Meally, Robert (October 1993). Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday. Arcade Publishing. ISBN . 
Charles Mingus
  • Dunkel, Mario (October 2012). Aesthetics of Resistance: Charles Mingus and the Civil Rights Movement. LIT Verlag Münster. ISBN . 
  • Mingus, Charles (15 October 1998). Beneath The Underdog. Canongate Books. ISBN . 
  • Mingus, Charles; Goodman, John F. (1 April 2013). Mingus Speaks. University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Santoro, Gene (20 July 2000). Myself When I am Real : The Life and Music of Charles Mingus: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
Thelonious Monk
  • Fitterling, Thomas (1997). Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music. Berkeley Hills Books. ISBN . 
  • Gourse, Leslie (1998). Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk. Music Sales Corporation. ISBN . 
  • Kelley, Robin (8 December 2009). Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Simon and Schuster. ISBN . 
  • Solis, Gabriel (1 January 2007). Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making. University of California Press. ISBN . 
Charlie Parker
  • Crouch, Stanley (24 September 2013). Kansas City Lightning. HarperCollins. ISBN . 
  • The Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker: A Discography. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1 January 1998. ISBN . 
  • Miller, Mark (1989). Cool Blues Charlie Parker in Canada, 1953. Nightwood Editions. ISBN . 
  • Priestley, Brian (1 May 2007). Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Priestley, Brian (1984). Charlie Parker. Spellmount. ISBN . 
  • Raschka, Christopher (1997). Charlie Parker Played Be Bop. Scholastic Inc. ISBN . 
  • Reisner, Robert George (1977). Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Woideck, Carl (1998). Charlie Parker: His Music and Life. University of Michigan Press. ISBN . 
Art Pepper
  • Pepper, Art; Pepper, Laurie (9 September 2009). Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper. Da Capo Press, Incorporated. ISBN . 
  • Selbert, Todd (1 January 2003). The Art Pepper Companion: Writings on a Jazz Original. Cooper Square Publishing, LLC. ISBN . 
Sonny Rollins
  • Nisenson, Eric (2 December 2000). Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation. Perseus Books Group. ISBN . 
  • Palmer, Richard (2004). Sonny Rollins: The Cutting Edge. A&C Black. ISBN . 
  • Wilson, Peter Niklas (2001). Sonny Rollins: The Definitive Musical Guide. Berkeley Hills Books. ISBN . 
  • The Jazz Style of Sonny Rollins: A Musical and Historical Perspective. Studio P/R. 1980. ISBN . 
Fats Waller
  • Kirkeby, Ed; Schiedt, Duncan P.; Traill, Sinclair (1975). Ain't Misbehavin': The Story of Fats Waller. Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Shipton, Alyn (1 April 2005). Fats Waller. A&C Black. ISBN . 
  • Waller, Fats (1 January 2001). Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller: Performances in Transcription, 1927-1943. A-R Editions, Inc. ISBN . 

Theory/educational material

  • Baerman, Noah (1998). Mastering Jazz Keyboard. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Baker, David (1981). Jazz Pedagogy: A Comprehensive Method of Jazz Education for Teacher and Student. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Berg, Shelly (1 October 2006). Alfred's Essentials of Jazz Theory, Teacher's Answer Key: Book & 3 CDs. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Berliner, Paul F. (5 October 2009). Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation. University of Chicago Press. ISBN . 
  • Coker, Jerry (1991). Elements of the jazz language for the developing improvisor. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Cooke, Mervyn; Horn, David (2002). The Cambridge Companion to Jazz. Cambridge University Press. ISBN . 
  • Hill, Willie (January 2002). Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Jody, Fisher,. Complete Jazz Guitar Method: Beginning Jazz Guitar. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Kirchner, Bill (14 July 2005). The Oxford Companion to Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN . 
  • Levine, Mark (12 January 2011). The Jazz Piano Book. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". ISBN . 
  • Levine, Mark (12 January 2011). The Jazz Theory Book. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". ISBN . 
  • Marienthal, Eric (1 July 1997). Ultimate Jazz Play-Along (Jam with Eric Marienthal): B-Flat, Book & CD. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Munro, Doug (1999). The 21st Century Pro Method: Jazz Guitar/Swing to Bebop. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Orta, Michael. Jazz Etudes for Piano. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Porta, John La (1 April 1996). 10 Easy Jazz Duets: For Flute, Guitar, Violin, Vibraphone, Piano: C Editon. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Prouty, Ken (2012). Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN . 
  • Ramon, Ricker,. Pentatonic Scales for Jazz Improvisation. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Rawlins, Robert; Bahha, Nor Eddine (1 January 2005). Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory for All Musicians. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN . 
  • Rizzo, Jacques (1 July 1997). Reading Jazz - Alto Sax: The New Method for Learning to Read Written Jazz Music. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Russo, William (January 1961). Composing for the Jazz Orchestra. University of Chicago Press. ISBN . 
  • Weir, Michele (1 December 2007). Jazz Piano Handbook: Essential Jazz Piano Skills for All Musicians. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Weir, Michele (2005). Jazz singer's handbook: the artistry and mastery of singing jazz. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Werner, Kenny (January 1996). Effortless Mastery. Jamey Aebersold Jazz. ISBN . 
  • York, Alfred (1 November 2006). Andrew York's Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats: Improvisation: The Classical Guitarist's Guide to Jazz. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Jazz improvisation: the best way to develop solos over classic changes : [for C instruments]. Alfred Music Publishing. 1996. ISBN . 
  • For Saxes Only!: 10 Jazz Duets for Saxophone. Alfred Music Publishing. 1 April 2001. ISBN . 
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