|The History of Jazz
Oxford University Press. Revised Second Edition
Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association
award for best non-fiction book of the year.
Named in the Washington Post, by Pulitzer Prize Winner
Jonathan Yardley as one of the 20 best books of the year.
New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
“Possibly the best survey to date.”
New York Times
“If you are looking for an introduction to jazz, this is it. If you
know and love jazz well, this is your vade mecum. Me, I expect
to be reading around in it for the rest of my life . . . [It is] the
definitive work: encyclopedic, discriminating, provocative,
perceptive and eminently readable. With its publication, it can
no longer be said that the literature of jazz falls far short of the
"[Gioia] is one of the outstanding music historians in America.
. . .The History of Jazz is as near definitive as a one-volume
work can be."
The Dallas Morning News
“In The History of Jazz, Gioia has written an authoritative work
of research that does not spare the poetic power of words.”
San Francisco Chronicle
"Gioia's History stands a good chance of becoming the
standard guide for general readers and academics. . . . Gioia
coherently and eruditely compacts into 400-odd pages the
work of 30 volumes. Impressive with epic sweep, he details
The Village Voice
“Ted Gioia’s The History of Jazz is the work of a noted jazz
scholar and performer, but is just as plainly aimed at a general
audience. . . . Anyone looking for a balanced, well-written
popular history of jazz will certainly find it both readable and
reliable . . . nor should more experienced readers expect to
come away empty-handed.”
Wall Street Journal
“One of the best, and most even-handed, surveys of jazz and