The History of Jazz

Oxford University Press
Revised and Expanded 3rd Edition
Release Date: March 1, 2021

New York Times Notable 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

Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association
award for best non-fiction book of the year

The bestselling jazz history book of the last quarter century has just gotten better.
In a completely revised and expanded third edition of his seminal text, Ted Gioia
covers the full scope of the music, from it African roots and origins in New Orleans
to the vibrant current day stylings of Kamasi Washington, Esperanza Spalding,
Robert Glasper and Shabaka Hutchings. As he traces the music through the red
light district of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, and the speakeasies of
Chicago, Gioia also makes the social contexts in which the music was born come

This new edition looks at jazz as a global phenomenon, brings more attention to
the often overlooked women who shaped the genre, and traces recent developments
leading to an upswing of jazz in today’s mainstream culture. As it chronicles jazz up
through its latest dialogues with popular music, the developments of the digital age,
and new commercial successes, Gioia's
The History of Jazz reasserts its status as
the most authoritative survey of this fascinating music.

The expanded third edition of
The History of Jazz comes with a comprehensive
recommended listening list, which will guide the readers to the key tracks in the
genre's evolution, as well as photographs and other supporting materials. The
work is well suited for both classroom use and general readers, appealing to both
newcomers to jazz and knowledgeable fans.



“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 expec 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 music itself.”
                        Washington Post

"[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."
                         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 divinely too.”
                           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 its literature.”
                             Financial Times
Ted Gioia is a pianist, critic, scholar,
historian and educator. He is author of
11 books, including
The History of Jazz,
Delta Blues—both honored by the New
York Times on their list of 100 notable
books of the year. His three books on the
social history of music—
Work Songs,
Healing Songs, and Love Songs—have
each been honored with the ASCAP Deems
Taylor Award. Gioia holds degrees from
Oxford University and Stanford's Graduate
School of Business, and previously served on
the faculty of Stanford University. Praised
as one of the leading music historians of our
day, Gioia is a preeminent guide to songs of
the past, present, and future.