Jazz: A Beginner's Guide is a lively and highly-accessible introduction to a global musical phenomenon. Award-winning music journalist and author Stuart Nicholson takes the reader on an entertaining journey from the early origins of jazz to its evolution through the decades, when almost every country in the world has its own vibrant jazz scene.
Each chapter introduces a host of renowned musicians past and present, such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett, and is accompanied by a unique playlist designed to provide a stimulating and enjoyable entry point to what has been described as the liveliest and most exciting art form of all.
"Stuart Nicholson leads the reader on a step-by-step journey to unlock the mysteries of jazz. Though geared towards neophytes, the most seasoned jazz fan will learn much in these pages."
"Far more than a beginner's guide, this book is Stuart Nicholson's enlightened and enlightening view of jazz - enough so to make even experienced jazz fans listen with fresh ears."