After a moderately successful first attempt at a book club, we’re doing it again!
Join with your fellow music lovers as we read Gary Giddins’ “Visions of Jazz”
Poised to become a classic of jazz literature, Visions of Jazz: The First Century offers seventy-nine chapters illuminating the lives of virtually all the major figures in jazz history. From Louis Armstrong’s renegade-style trumpet playing to Sarah Vaughan’s operatic crooning, and from the swinging elegance of Duke Ellington to the pioneering experiments of Ornette Coleman, jazz critic Gary Giddins continually astonishes the reader with his unparalleled insight. Writing with the grace and wit that have endeared his prose to Village Voice readers for decades, Giddins also widens the scope of jazz to include such crucial American musicians as Irving Berlin, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra, all primarily pop performers who are often dismissed by fans and critics as mere derivatives of the true jazz idiom. And he devotes an entire quarter of this landmark volume to young, still-active jazz artists, boldly expanding the horizons of jazz–and charting and exploring the music’s influences as no other book has done.
Reviews of the book:
Gary Giddins bio.
5 reasons to join book club:
Be able to tell people you are reading something that sounds cultured at holiday parties.
There is no football on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Expand your playlists, discover new artists and works.
Buying books from indie bookstores is a great way to support your community.
Throw a reply here if you’re in!
We will be aiming at an October start, but as opposed to our first attempt, this will be a bit more relaxed. Read at your own pace, comment here as you come across new music, interesting information in your reading. Sharing listening that goes beyond the book is especially recommended.