Readership: General readers interested in jazz and American music; students and scholars of jazz history and performance, American studies, cultural studies, American (music) history, etc.
Ted Gioia is a musician, author, and leading jazz critic and expert on American music. The first edition of his The History of Jazz was selected as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post, and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times. He is also the author of Delta Blues, West Coast Jazz, Work Songs and The Birth (and Death) of the Cool.
"The mass of information is structured by a strong linear narrative and is carried along by Gioia's poetic turn of phrase. One of the best, and most even-handed, surveys of jazz and its literature." - Financial Times
1: The Prehistory of Jazz
2: New Orleans Jazz
3: The Jazz Age
5: The Swing Era
6: Modern Jazz
7: The Fragmentation of Jazz Styles
8: Freedom and Fusion
9: Traditionalists and Post-Modernists
10: Jazz in the New Millennium