Pages: 288
Subject: Art, History
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld


A Beginner's Guide

Stuart Nicholson

9781780749983 (2 Feb 2017)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.99

The Book

This definitive guide includes a playlist for the reader to hear the evolution of jazz from its earliest years to the present day.

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.

Additional Information

Subject Art, History
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Stuart Nicholson is an award winning jazz journalist and critic who has written seven books on jazz, including highly acclaimed biographies of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. His journalism on jazz has appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He is Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music.


"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."


- Randy Sandke - American jazz trumpeter and guitarist

"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."

- Bill Kirchner – Musician, producer, and educator