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Musicians Speaking Freely

Jazz is hot. Since last year's showing of Ken Burns' Jazz on public television, sales of jazz music have risen. Recordings by Diana Krall and Cassandra Wilson have broken through to popular radio station formats and a number of performers have been featured in high-profile magazines. When you get your morning coffee at Starbucks or the local gourmet café you are more likely to hear Billie Holiday or Stan Getz being played in the background than the Beatles or Grateful Dead.

Yet, to the public at large, jazz musicians themselves remain an enigma. People see them as eccentric geniuses, drug addicts, or just plain weird. Of course, some musicians are one or all of these things, but on the whole they are complex human beings with a lot to say about a variety of topics. Quotable Jazz offers a look at some of the issues and discussions that have come up over the music's 100-year history. The topics covered include many familiar to most jazz musicians and fans: the definition of jazz, of swinging, drugs, drink, sex, the gig, the audience, other musicians, race, the many kinds of jazz, etc. There is enough ammunition here to keep jazz aficionados, musicians, and casual readers talking for weeks, maybe even months. In addition, the 28 caricatures by Toronto artist Mike Rooth will delight and amuse fans.

Rather than yet another lengthy history of jazz with an ideological axe to grind, Quotable Jazz offers insight into the minds behind some of the best music and writing in jazz. It covers all styles of jazz, from ragtime and Dixieland to avant-garde and fusion, but makes no judgments, leaving the reader to develop their own opinions or read and listen further. Readers of Quotable Jazz will come away interested, enlightened, and no longer intimidated by jazz.

Editor Marshall Bowden is a Chicago-based writer and web designer as well as the editor and major contributor to the webzine Jazzitude , which received an honorable mention in the 2002 Writer's Digest Zine Awards. He attended Berklee College of Music and Washington University, where he majored in English Literature. Mr. Bowden’s work has also appeared in All About Jazz, transistornet, PopMatters, and other publications.

Sound And Vision publishes light-hearted, fact-filled books about music of all genres, guaranteed to entertain as well as educate. Other popular Sound And Vision titles include Quotable Pop, Bach, Beethoven, and the Boys, and Love Lives of the Composers. Sound And Vision's catalogue includes 20 titles which have sold over 472,000 copies worldwide.

By the way, the quote at the beginning of the article was by none other than Grammy-winning pianist and singer Diana Krall.

Title: Quotable Jazz
Author/Editor: Marshall Bowden
Illustrator: Mike Rooth
Publisher: Sound And Vision
ISBN: 0-920151-55-8
Book Info: Paperback, 5.5" x 8.5", 136 pages, 28 black & white illustrations, index Available: October 5, 2002 at Bookstores, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters (Canada), www.quotablejazz.com

Contact: Marshall Bowden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Geoff Savage, Sound And Vision, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Artist / Group Name: Jazz Musicians
  • Subtitle: Quotable Jazz
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