IF I COULD WRITE A BOOK … An Upcoming Jazz Book Release & A Song

Jazz blogger colleague & Wall Street Journal writer Marc Myers announces the upcoming release (December 2012) of his book WHY JAZZ HAPPENED in his recent Weekend Jazz Wax Bits column.


“In the book, I write about the history of jazz between 1942 and 1972—but with a twist. Instead of approaching jazz history solely from the music’s perspective, I have identified 10 non-jazz events that played the biggest roles in changing jazz’s direction.

I also explain why jazz styles emerged and flourished when they did as a result of these events.”

Blog owner’s note: Feel free to click on the links for learning more about the book.

I’m very curious, particularly about the “10 non-jazz events” which have changed “jazz’s direction”. — It’s great to see master trumpeter & jazz innovator Dizzy Gillespie with his oddly bent trumpet on the cover.

Would this be one of the non-jazz events in the book, how that bell’s buckling came to be?

Man, if I could write a book! — Mr. Myers did it. — We musicians know about jazz’s standing in our society: It’s a daily fight for recognition, for audiences, and last but not least for getting paid well enough for making a decent living.

But writing a book about jazz, or any kind of music, about music at all, is an even more spirited attempt than playing a trumpet in an after-hours joint. — I know what I’m talking about!

It’s good to know that we have professional writers like Marc Myers, Nat Hentoff, or Doug Ramsey, to name just a few, who are seconding our daily struggle with their intelligent, and passionate words about our music.

These brave folks deserve our love, respect, and applause.


As a little thank you, I’m posting the famous song by Rogers & Hart in two excellent versions for your listening pleasure —

#1: Dinah Washington with…
Clark Terry (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Paul Quinichette (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Barry Galbraith (g), Wynton Kelly (p), Keeter Bets (b), Jimmy Cobb (d) – Capitol Studios, NY-March 15, 1955

#2: Miles Davis Quintet with…
Miles Davis (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) – Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 26, 1956

The inevitable ad 😉

Get the CD’s HERE & HERE.

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