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20 Great Books About Jazz There’s only one reason to write about music and musicians, and that’s to encourage people to listen to the music. Every one of these books does just that. They range from the more scholarly end of the spectrum to the passionate and personal. Each one is written with love and affection for jazz, which has often inspired some of the best writing on music. These are not the 20 “best” books on jazz, but every one is worth seeking out and reading. They will encourage you to listen to more music. Which great books on jazz would you recommend and why? satchm2Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans (Louis Armstrong) Louis Armstrong’s exuberant first- hand account of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century is irresistible. Sometimes he may stray just a little from the facts, but that’s what also helps to make it so readable. There are other books about Pops, but only this one by the man himself. Collected Works, A Journal of Jazz (Whitney Balliett) He’s been called “The most elegant of all jazz writers”, and it is hard to argue when you read his well-crafted prose. It is also a living history of half a century of jazz. Treat It Gentle (Sidney Bechet) A fascinating book about a fascinating man. It takes you back to New Orleans and then takes you on a journey to Europe and back to America. Bechet’s reputation is one that sometimes detracts from just how important he was. Shining Trumpets – A History of Jazz (Rudi Blesh) Published in 1949 this book quotes W.B. Yeats
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