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The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire
Ted Gioia


Written by award-winning jazz historian Ted Gioia, this comprehensive guide offers an illuminating look at more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. In this comprehensive and unique survey, here are the songs that sit at the heart of the jazz repertoire, ranging from ‘Ain’t Misbehavin” and ‘Autumn in New York’ to ‘God Bless the Child’, ‘How High the Moon’, and ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’. Gioia includes Broadway show tunes written by such greats as GeorgeGershwin and Irving Berlin, and classics by such famed jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane. The book offers vibrant discussions of each song, packed with information about how the song was written, who recorded it, the song’s place in jazz history, and muchmore.

Gioia includes recommendations for more than 2,000 recordings, with a list of suggested tracks for each song. Filled with colorful anecdotes and expert commentary, The Jazz Standards will appeal to a wide audience, serving as a fascinating introduction for new fans, an invaluable and long-needed handbook for jazz lovers and musicians, and an indispensable reference for students and educators.

Hardback, 544pp
Oxford Univ Press USA, 2012
ISBN 9780199937394