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"Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains."
— bandleader John Philip Sousa [1854-1932]

Jazz Music Directory at Amazon
browse Jazz Music at Amazon

Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-A-Long Series: website
browse book & CD sets from Amazon
"How To Play Jazz & Improvise" (Vol. 1)
book & CD [6/88] for $15.90
"How To Learn Tunes: A Jazz Musician's Survival Guide" (Vol. 76) by David Baker
book & CD [6/2000] for $21.98

Totally Jazz Piano  "Totally Jazz Piano" [2003]
remastered classics by Art Tatum, Scott Joplin, Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Fats Waller & others
441 Records audio CD [9/2003] 2 disks for $19.98
Jazz of the Beat Generation music CD  "Jazz of The Beat Generation" [2003]
performers include Jack Kerouac, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & Dizzy Gillespie
audio CD [7/2003] out of prodn/used

The Beat Generation Page at Maison d'Κtre Bookstore Coffeehouse

Birth of Bebop  "1937-1945 Birth of Bebop" [2003]
by various artists

"four star rating" - Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
Allegro/Jazz Legends music CD [5/2003] for $10.98
Greatest Jazz Concert in the World  "The Greatest Jazz Concert In The World" [1967]
live recording with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins & T-Bone Walker
Pablo audio CD [7/91] 3 disks for $29.98

'The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time' Store at Amazon

Jazz  Books  &  Videos

Black Beauty, White Heat Pictorial History of Classic Jazz  "Black Beauty, White Heat: A Pictorial History of Classic Jazz, 1920-1950" [1982]
by Frank Driggs & Harris Lewine

DaCapo Press 12x9 pb [3/96] for $24.50
Wm Morrow hardcover [12/82] out of print/used
Black Music History of Los Angeles book by Tom Reed  "The Black Music History of Los Angeles, It Roots: A Classical Pictorial History of Black Music In L.A. From 1920-1970" [1992]
by Tom Reed, with photos by Howard Morehead & others

Black Accent on L.A. hardcover [10/92] out of print/used
Penguin Guide To Jazz  "The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings" [orig 1992]
by Richard Cook & Brian Morton

Penguin 9x6¾ pb 9th edition 12/2008] for $23.10
Penguin 9x6¾ pb 8th edition 11/2006] out of print/used
Penguin 9x7 pb [7th edition 9/2004] out of print/used
Penguin 9x7 pb [6th edition 4/2003] out of print/used
Central Avenue Sounds book edited by Clora Bryant  
"Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz In Los Angeles" [1998]
Edited by Clora Bryant

Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [12/99] for $13.97
Univ CA Press 9½x6½ hardcover [3/98] out of print/used
Oxford Companion to Jazz Music book edited by Bill Kirchner  "The Oxford Companion To Jazz" [2000]
Edited by Bill Kirchner

Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/93] out of print/used
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [10/2000] out of print/60+ used
Jazz Loft Project book by Sam Stephenson, photographs by W. Eugene Smith  "The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs & Tapes of W. Eugene Smith From 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965" [2009] by Sam Stephenson
Knopf 11x9½ hardcover [11/2009] for $26.40
Jazz Loft Project official website
Wikipedia entry for W. Eugene Smith [1918-78]

browse jazz concerts on DVD at Amazon
browse jazz concerts on VHS at Amazon

Story of Jazz from B.M.G.   "The Story of Jazz" [BMG Special 1991]
BMG b&w VHS [3/94] 6 tapes for $15.99
BMG b&w DVD [5/2002] for $12.99
Jazz miniseries by Ken Burns  "Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns" [P.B.S. miniseries Jan 2000]
Directed by Ken Burns; narrated by Keith David
P.B.S. Paramount b&w/color DVD set [9/2004] 10 disks for $79.99
P.B.S. Home Video b&w/color DVD set [1/2001] 10 disks - out of prodn/used
P.B.S. Home Video b&w/color VHS set [1/2001] 10 tapes - out of prodn/many used
series credits from IMDb
"Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music" music CD set [2000]
Sony music CD set [11/2000] 92 tracks on 5 disks for $37.05

Jazz 10 Movie Pack DVD box set  "Jazz 10 Movie Pack" DVD Box Set [2005]
Mill Creek Ent. DVD set [9/2005] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
contains 8 feature films & two 'soundies' compilations: "Check and Double Check" [1930] starring Amos 'n Andy, with Duke Ellington & orchestra; "The Duke Is Tops" [1938 musical] starring Ralph Cooper & Lena Horne; "Hi-De-Ho" [1947 musical] starring Cab Calloway; "Killer Diller" [1948] with Nat 'King' Cole & Moms Mabley; "Paradise In Harlem" [1939] starring Frank H. Wilson; "Reet, Petite & Gone" [1947] starring Louis Jordan; "Rhythm and Blues Revue" [1955] with Nat 'King' Cole, Lionel Hampton & Count Basie; "Rock n' Roll Revue" [1955] with Nat 'King' Cole, Duke Ellington & Lionel Hampton; plus "Soundies Cavalcade" and "Soundies Festival"

"The Lord of Vinyl" [still in development 2016]  
Announced 3/2012: Independent jazz film produced by & starring Jennifer Beals, written & directed
{debut} by Dennis Bartok; co-produced by Patrick Cunningham • latest info at IMDb

Scholars & Critics

critic Whitney Balliett

critic Leonard Feather
official website
Leonard Feather archives [est. 1995] at University of Idaho

Jazz  Artists


Woody Allen
Woody Allen has performed on clarinet in New York City clubs for many years
Woody Allen Pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store


Louis Armstrong []
Essentials • concerts on VHS • Jazz Legends CD [4/2003] • biography [7/97]


Chet Baker: Essentials • Verve Definitive audio CD


Count Basie: Essentials • concerts on VHS • autobiography [1/86]


cornetist Bix Beiderbecke [1903-31]
Jazz Legends CD [9/2003] • "Private Astronomy" tribute CD [9/2003]

Society website
AH's fansite


trumpeter Bunny Berigan: Jazz Legends CD [7/2003]


Art Blakey: Essentials


Dave Brubeck [1920-2012]
Essentials • browse music Take 5

"Time Out" album [1959]
the first jazz LP to sell one million copies


Cab Calloway & Orchestra: Jazz Legends CD [3/2003]


alto saxophonist Benny Carter [1907-2003]
browse music • official website • Rutgers site


violinist Regina Carter: browse music


Nat 'King' Cole: Essentials • Verve Definitive audio CD


saxophonist Ornette Coleman: Essentials

"Ornette: Made In America" [indep Feb 1986, restored 2/2013] /tt0089742/
http://www.projectshirley.com/ornette.html movie by Shirley Clarke [1919-97]


Buddy Collette: browse music


John Coltrane
[ "Martinis taste like John Coltrane sounds." — Robert B. Parker ]
Essentials • browse music • concerts on VHS • concerts on DVD

biography [1/98]


Miles Davis [1926-91]
browse music • concerts on VHS • concerts on DVD

Miles Davis Complete Columbia Album Collection 71-disk music CD box set  AMAZON EXCLUSIVE: "Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection" Limited Edition CD Box Set [2010]
Columbia/Legacy Limited Edition music CD set [1/2010] 71 disks
orig $190.98 / out of prodn/used

contains 70 CDs (all 52 of Miles’ Columbia recordings) and one DVD "Live in Europe ’67", and a 250-page book with biography, discography, song index & rare photos

Miles Davis Box Set on 43 CDs

"Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis” [10/2006] by Gregory Davis /B005IUVNZ8/

"Miles" feature film [release in 2013?]  
Announced 11/2011: The script by Isaac Fergusson is being revised per producers Nick Davis Raynes & Ged Dickinson, with the late trumpeter’s eldest son
Gregory Davis as consultant & George Tillman, Jr. set to direct; film is 'loosely based' on the book "Dark Magus" {below} • not yet listed on IMDb


Paul Desmond: browse music


jazz guitarist Ted Dunbar [1937-98]


saxophonist Teddy Edwards [1924-2003]: browse music


Duke Ellington: Essentials • official website
browse music • concerts on VHS • concerts on DVD

"Duke Ellington's America" [2010] by Harvey G. Cohen /0226112632/


saxist/teacher Bruce Eskovitz: browse music


pianist Bill Evans {"is like a god in Japan"}


trumpeter-bandleader Maynard Ferguson [1928-2006]
browse recordings • Wikipedia


Ella Fitzgerald [1917-96]
Essentials • Jazz Legends CD [3/2003] • JM's fansite


Pete Fountain []


George Gershwin: Essentials • browse music • Broadway credits   Gershwin's 'Rhapsody In Blue' [1924] midi file [16 minutes long!]


Stan Getz: Essentials • Verve Definitive audio CD


John Birks 'Dizzy' Gillespie [1917-93]
Dizzy Gillespie entry at Wikipedia
autobiography "To Be or Not ... To Bop" [1979]


saxophonist Benny Golson: browse music


Benny Goodman
Essentials • Jazz Legends CD [4/2003] • free online radio programs


saxophonist Dexter Gordon [1923-90]
browse music • biography • videos/DVDs • credits at IMDb


Wardell Gray: browse music


pianist John Hammond: browse music


'King of the Tenor Sax' Coleman Hawkins
browse music


pianist Earl 'Fatha' Hines: browse music


Billie Holiday [1915-59]
Essentials • concerts on DVD • concerts on VHS • 'Quintessential' audio CDs • movie credits

Billie Holiday / Ultimate  
"Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection" [2005]
42 songs on 2 CDs and 17 audio & video tracks on DVD
Hip-O Records digi-pak [4/2005] for $35.99

The song "Strange Fruit" was written in 1937 by poet, teacher, and activist Abel Meeropol (under his pseudonym, Lewis Allan) and was a protest against lynchings in general and specifically against the 1930 lynching of Abram Smith and Thomas Shipp in Marion, Indiana. "Strange Fruit" was recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and became one of her signature songs; it was also recorded or sampled by many other well-known singers, including Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Tori Amos, Cassandra WIlson, and Kanye West.
watch performance by Billie Holiday & piano [b&w upload 11/2006; 2:33] online at YouTube
listen to Billie Holiday & horn & piano [upload 12/2011; 3:02] online at YouTube


singer Alberta Hunter [1895-1984]
browse music • bio [1987] • "My Castle's Rockin'" docu-film: VHS | DVD • credits at IMDb


sexy saxophonist Jessy J.


jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal: browse music


Elvin Jones [-2004]: browse music
Hank Jones: browse music
Thad Jones [-1986]: browse music


saxophonist Grace Kelly
already seven records at age 22 (2014)


Diana Krall: browse music


drummer Gene Krupa


Lambert, Hendricks & Ross trio: browse music


Ramsay Lewis: browse music


singer Abbey Lincoln [-2010]


saxophonist Charles Lloyd: browse music


Bennie Maupin's 'Chamber Jazz': browse music


bassist & composer Charles Mingus [1922-79]
browse Charles Mingus Music Store at Amazon • browse Charles Mingus on DVD at Amazon

"Charles Mingus: Jazz Workshop Concerts, 1964-65" [2013] 7-disk set


Thelonious Monk [1917-82]
browse Thelonious Monk Music Store at Amazon • browse Monk on DVD at Amazon

"Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of An American Original" [10/2009] by Robin Kelley

"Nica's Dream: The Life and Legend of The Jazz Baroness" 6/2011] by David Kastin

"The Baroness: The Search For Nica, The Rebellious Rothschild" 3/2013] by Hannah Rothschild


tenor saxophonist James Moody: browse music


King Oliver & His Creole Jazz Band
browse music


trombonist Edward 'Kid' Ory [1886-1973]: browse music


Charlie 'Bird' Parker [1920-55]
Essentials • browse music
concerts on VHS • concerts on DVD

Charlie Parker Festival & Block Party [August 2007 = #14] in New York City
biography [11/96]


Art Pepper [1925-82]: browse music • auto-bio "Straight Life"


Oscar Peterson {Trio}: browse music


pianist Bud Powell [1924-66]: Verve Definitive audio CD • biography [4/98]


saxophonist Homer Louis 'Boots' Randolph III [1927-2007]


guitarist Django Reinhardt [1910-53]
browse music

Django Reinhardt bio by Dregni [11/2004] • 1961 Django Reinhardt bio by Delauney
French Django Reinhardt fansite • Franηois's Django Reinhardt fansite


drummer Buddy Rich


drummer Max Roach [d. 2007]


saxophonist Sam Rivers: browse music


pianist Joe Sample: browse music


Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra
browse recordings • official website

"Concert In The Garden" {winner 2004 Grammy} limited edition CD offer


actress-pianist Hazel Scott [1920-81]
movie/TV credits (1943-70) • Wikipedia
on H.U.A.C.'s Hollywood Blacklist in the 1940s & 1950s

Hazel Scott bio by Karen Chilton  
"Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of A Jazz Pianist
From Cafe Society To Hollywood To H.U.A.C." [2008]
by Karen Chilton

Univ MI Press 9x6 hardcover [9/2008] for $19.77

alto saxophonist Bud Shank [1926-2009]: browse music


'King of the Clarinet' Artie Shaw [1910-2004]
browse music • books & bios • free online radio program • credits at IMDb

Jazz Legends CD [5/2003]


pianist George Shearing [1919-2011]


saxophonist Wayne Shorter: browse music


Bessie Smith: Essentials


Art Tatum: Jazz Legends CD [5/2003]


Mel Torme: Essentials


Sarah Vaughn: Essentials • Verve Definitive audio CD


Gerald Wilson: browse music


saxophonist Lester Young: Jazz Legends CD [7/2003]

Saxophone  Dept.
saxophone entry at Wikipedia
History of The Saxophone
KG's 'playing the saxophone' site

Giants of Blues & Funk Tenor Sax  "Giants of The Blues Tenor Sax / Giants of The Funk Tenor Sax"
by various artists, including Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt
Prestige audio CD [11/91] 3 disks for $29.98
Saxophone by Philip Glass  "Saxophone" [2002]
by Philip Glass

Orange Mountain audio CD [11/2002] for $17.99
album webpage

Jazz  Links
jazz radio iPhone app
RedHot Jazz Archives
Jazz Roots website
New Jersey Jazz Society
New Mexico Jazz Calendar
Madison [WI] Jazz Society
Puget Sound [WA] Traditional Jazz Society
JD's 'Intl Saxophone HomePage'
Sax WebRing
All About Jazz website
Jazz Professional [dot] com
Jazz Entertainment Foundation
Peters at the Atrium Centre {dining & jazz} in Rancho Mirage, CA

Los Angeles [CA] Jazz Society
Pasadena [CA] Jazz Institute [est. 2000]
Jazz Bakery Nightclub, in Culver City CA
Steamers Jazz Club & Cafe in Fullerton, CA
Clancy's Crabshack in Glendale, CA
Baked Potato in Studio City, CA
Los Angeles [CA] Jazz Reporter {performance listings}

Morro Bay [CA] Jazzuary Festival [January]
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival [February = est. 1967, renamed 1984] at University of Idaho
New Orleans [LA] Jazz & Heritage Festival [April-May 2004 = #35]
Sacramento [CA] Jazz Jubilee [May 2003 = #30]
Newport Beach [CA] Jazz Festival [May]
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Festival [est. 1991] in Aspen, CO
Newport Beach [CA] Summer Jazz Series [Fridays June-Oct 2004]
Mammoth Lakes CA Jazz Jubilee [#15 = July 2003]

Jazz In The Pines Festival [August] in Idyllwild, CA
Monterey [CA] Jazz Festival [Sept 2003 = #46]

Dixieland  Jazz  Dept.

New Orleans & Dixieland Jazz Compilations at Amazon
browse New Orleans Jazz Music at Amazon

Original Dixieland Jazz Band® [est. 1916] of New Orleans, LA
Vancouver [BC Canada] Dixieland Jazz Society
Dukes of Dixieland band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Wedding & Funeral Band [] based in Los Angeles

Ward Kimball & Frank Thomas and other Disney Studios animators performed
as the Firehouse Five Plus Two Dixieland jazz band from 1953 to 1975.
Their dozen-plus albums are still available.

Pismo Beach [CA] Dixieland Jazz Festival [Feb 2003 = #24]
Oregon Dixieland Jubilee [Feb]
San Clemente [CA] 'Dixieland By The Sea' Festival [May]
San Diego [CA] Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival [Nov 2006 = #27]

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