Wynton Marsalis; Nubar Alexanian Jazz

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JAZZ, a collaborative book published by Walker Creek Press, is an intimate conversation with Marsalis on tour, with stunning color photographs by Nubar Alexanian. The quotes are pulled from lectures and workshops, but the reader is drawn into Marsalis’ philosophy by his gift for conversation and his universal message. With an extraordinary ear for human dynamics as well as music, the jazz he creates relies on truth, communication, respect, self-control, and wisdom. His appreciation of and reverence for each of these elements, combined with the lyrical images of award-winning photojournalist Nubar Alexanian, make this a compelling and inspirational view of America’s greatest music. For both Marsalis and Alexanian, jazz is a metaphor for the best kind of human interaction, and JAZZ illustrates this beautifully. 4 1/4 inches square (CD size) with 30 photographs

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Wynton Marsalis is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has released nearly 50 classical and jazz CDs, including Standard Time, The Majesty of the Blues, Angel Eyes, Big Train, Joe Cool’s Blues, and Blood on the Fields (for which he won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for music, the first jazz musician to be so honored.) Mr. Marsalis was named one of "America’s 25 most influential People" by Time magazine, and one of the 50 "Most Influential Boomers" by Life magazine in recognition of his critical role in stimulating an increased awareness of jazz in the consciousness of an entire generation of jazz artists and fans. In March 2001, Mr. Marsalis was awarded the United Nations designation of "Messenger of Peace" by UN Secretary General Kifi Annan, and in June 2002 received the Congressional "Horizon Award." The 1996 Peabody Award he won for Marsalis on Music also recognized his informative twenty-six part National Public Radio series, Making the Music.

Nubar Alexanian is one of the top photojournalists working today. His photographs have appeared in major magazines in the United States and Europe, including Time, Newsweek, Life, National Geographic, GEO, Fortune, Audubon and The New York Times Magazine. His previous books include Stones in the Road: Photographs of Peru (Aperture Books), Where Music Comes From (Dewi Lewis Publishing), and Gloucester Photographs (Walker Creek Press.) He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1983 and his work can be found in many private and museum collections around the world.

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These final entries in NPR's "Curious Listener's" series maintain the fresh spirit and informative stance of the first two, which address opera and popular standards. Smith, music critic for the Baltimore Sun, and Schoenberg, a tenor saxophonist and jazz educator, provide basic introductions geared to lay readers, focusing on the essentials of their respective musical genres, including a history of the form, a description of genres, brief biographies of featured composers and performers, glossaries, and recommended pieces and recordings (50 CDs for each). The charm of this series is the manner in which the authors cover the important points in their own casual yet expert tone, pointing up details along the way with intriguing sidebars (concert etiquette for classical and various historical figures for jazz) or turns of phrase while presenting thought-provoking artist or repertoire selections that will encourage spirited debate. The jazz volume suffers from a few minor editorial glitches (e.g., incorrect alphabetizing and typos), but both books are well crafted and logically organized. Smith's book is reminiscent of Michael Walsh's Who's Afraid of Classical Music? with updated scholarship and some different perspectives, while Schoenberg's complements Gene Seymour's Jazz: The Great American Art. Highly recommended for their combination of reliable information and accessible style, these are real bargains for public libraries. (Indexes not seen.) Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
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