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Books, Products, Resources

A Life in Songwriting, from Willie to Whitney

I Wrote That One, Too…A Life in Songwriting, from Willie to Whitney

“I Wrote that One, Too … A Life in Songwriting, from Willie to Whitney,”
by Steve Dorff, Backbeat Books,

Ray Reed Jazz Originals

Ray Reed Jazz Originals: 45 Great Compositions by The Jazz Master

Ray Reed was a first call, woodwind multi-instrumentalist who performed on hundreds of jazz recordings over a 40-plus year career, including with Stan Kenton, Johnny Mandel, Bill Holman, and Frank Zappa orchestras.

The Bass Book

The Bass Book: A Complete Illustrated History of Bass Guitars

Bass guitar has provided the solid foundation on which much of modern music is built. This third edition of The Bass Book follows the evolution of bass guitar from its introduction to today with a full lowdown of the most important bass players and makers.

Jazz in Italy

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Music: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

This book explores the contributions that Americans of Italian descent have made to jazz and also discusses the discrimination and stereotyping faced by Italian immigrants in their efforts to assimilate into American culture.

The Who Bass Tab Anthology

What began in 1964 as a simple English rock band grew to become one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.

Wisdom of the Hand

Wisdom of the Hand: A Guide to Jazz Pentatonic Scales

Using an open-air concept that asks pianists to imagine there are only black keys, readers are led through 50 etudes and 200 special exercises that will eventually allow them to soar across the widely spaced scales “position playing” and the author’s unique two-octave fingerings.

The Martin Archives

The Martin Archives: A Scrapbook of Treasures

The Martin Archives documents two centuries of guitar making and more than two million guitars.

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Father of Invention

Frank Zappa FAQ examines the long and illustrious career of Frank Zappa, following his style shifts over the years, his prolific catalog, from Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out! to Beat the Boots, as well as his film and video productions.

Changing the Tune

Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival, 1978-1985

In 1978, jazz in our country largely remained a boys’ club. Two Kansas City women, Carol Comer and Dianne Gregg, challenged that inequitable standard.

Artistic Citizenship

Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis

Artistic Citizenship brings together the perspectives of artists, scholars, educators, policy-makers, and activists to investigate the system of values surrounding artistic-educational endeavors.