The History of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context

Equinox. Sept. 2018. 600p. ed. by Francesco Martinelli. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781781794463. $250; ebk. ISBN 9781781796078. MUSIC
This title on European jazz is divided into eight parts, each subdivided by country, with a ninth part dedicated to themes. Each entry is written by a scholar from that country, and sometimes translated from the original language to English. Aided by an extensive index, readers can easily select and explore geographic regions or topics. While entries differ in length and depth, each ends with a bibliography, suggested listening lists, and often related websites and publishers or associations, providing an opportunity for further study. Editor Martinelli, a jazz promoter, journalist, lecturer, and author, intelligibly places this volume in the context of previous writings on European jazz, detailing how this selection fills gaps.
VERDICT Great for classrooms, libraries, and scholars, this work opens the door for anyone interested in jazz in Europe from its inception to the present and is a strong starting point for further research for scholars seeking to contribute to the field.

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