David P. Szatmary

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Listening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim

While Kapilow doesn’t quite make his case, he has written an engaging, informative, and provocative book that is recommended for fans of Broadway musicals.

On Time: A Princely Life in Funk

Day compellingly recalls his life in and out of the music business and portrays the unpredictable Prince as a reserved, music-obsessed, wildly creative, controlling, and ambitious funk genius. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Prince, funk, or the Time.

Summertime: George Gershwin’s Life in Music

Though this meticulously researched volume unearths a few fresh facts, Crawford treads little new ground in retelling the story of this iconic American composer. For anyone unfamiliar with previous Gershwin biographies, such as Howard Pollack’s in-depth George Gershwin. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]

Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

For jazz enthusiasts and those curious about Hodges.


Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present

Though not exhaustive and sometimes stretching the limits of the genre with such subcategories as folk garage, this fascinating and informative book builds upon the pioneering work of Richie Unterberger (Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll). Will appeal to rock fans.

Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz

Though acknowledging that Bernstein never played or approached improvisational jazz, Baber offers compelling evidence of the composer's integration of jazz and blues into his wide-ranging work; for academic-minded music fans.

Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making

An absorbing and fun addition for general readers.

Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival!

This affectionate work will be manna for jam band fans and interest general readers.

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