Wonderful list — maybe too skewed towards a few early bio’s verging towards hagiography’s — and many great added recos (some that WERE on original list) but the voice of another woman besides Anita O’Day would’ve been nice. The Swing Era – 1936-1947 (Jazz Bible Books Series) This book is part of the great “Jazz Bible Fake Book Series”. Non-Guitar Jazz Books The Jazz Theory Book – Mark Levine. * Unfortunately Desmond never got around to writing it. Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D.G. The Sound of the Trumpet by Bill Moody. ... For those of you that would love to learn blues piano, A First Book of Blues takes you right back to the basics of blues playing. Very provocative reflections about music, race, class and other issues in the voices of the musicians. Anyone who knows writer, historian, archivist, blogger, and the single most exciting advocate of Pops’s music, hears Ricky Riccardi saying every word that’s in this brilliant book. It’s a real pleasure to read and work through, as one discovers so much. Before we get into the nitty gritty, here are (in my opinion) the best jazz guitar books: The Advancing Guitarist (By Mick Goodrick) Jazz Guitar Soloing: The Cellular Approach (by Randy Vincent) Three Note Voicings and Beyond (by Randy Vincent) Jazz Chord Dictionary (by Rick Peckham) Jazz Guitar Study Series (by Barry Galbraith) These are not the 20 “best” books on jazz, but every one is worth seeking out and reading. Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Jazz Guitar This book is designed to prepare the aspiring jazz guitarist to arrange and improvise in a jazz style. Published after this article ran but worth checking out- snarky sassy jazz novel about midlife, rediscovered lust that has protagonist and anti-hero reeling! These fantastic books for jazz theory can be applied anywhere, but nearly all of them are specifically designed for guitar which means that not only will the methods behind it be explained, but they will also illustrate the shapes and patterns that are exclusive to the instrument as well. Essential social history even if you don’t appreciate the guy’s music! Red and Hot..the fate of Jazz in the soviet union by S Frederick Starr.. A fascinating book about a fascinating man. Miles, Duke, The Bird and Django are my favourites. These materials in this guide cover the main topics of harmony, soloing, and rhythm, which are all aspects that the pros have had a firm grasp on. However, other books in this list briefly go over them. Yes, I totally agree. Jazz Guitar Books. Through this book, beginners will become familiar with jazz rhythms and base his or her solos on that, rather than the scales and chords that other ones emphasize. We love it too! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be practicing these other skills! The Jazz Guitar Chord Compilation by Joseph Alexander, Each of these books on jazz guitar is written by Joseph Alexander, whom I’ve reviewed in the past for. Nonetheless, this book is very straightforward and is only based on the key of C, this allows you to: While having a ton of information at your disposal can be nice, this jazz book is a must-have because it doesn’t bombard you with it without being too sparse. Billie Holiday and William Dufty: Lady Sings the Blues. You can tell that the author is passionate about Jazz. Published in 1949, this book quotes W.B. Bob Blumenthal’s “Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America’s Music” is a fabulous book. It takes you back to New Orleans and then takes you on a journey to Europe and back to America. 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