A CONCISE HISTORY OF JAZZ by John Robert Brown is precisely that, and an enjoyable tour of the world of jazz. There are photographs.
For a nice, reliable guide to jazz, as a gift or for yourself, you will find this concise 228 page book fits the requirements! There is much information herein to satisfy the curious.
In addition to the bibliography, there is an index to guide the reader to who he or she is looking for. For instance, Muggsy Spanier is found on page 51, and Duke Ellington is found on page 118.
The entry writing is sharp, clear, and educational. The authors style is informative and entertaining.
If you are looking for a concise guide to jazz history you will find this an interesting book. This is an enjoyable reading journey!'A nice guide to have on hand! John Robert Brown has put together a fine reference guide to jazz.