Jazz critic Gary Giddins, author of Visions of Jazz, Bing Crosby and Natural Selection, teaches at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Scott DeVeaux, author of The Birth of Bebop, has taught jazz history at the University of Virginia for over twenty years.
This extraordinary book is the one we've been waiting for an exhaustive, multi-disciplinary, judiciously crafted history of jazz and its culture. It is sure to become the industry standard, cherished by students as well as aficionados, who may dispute its judgments but will surely keep it close at hand as an essential reference. --Krin Gabbard, author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture