Jazz Guide: New York Cityby Steve Dollar
Uptown, downtown. Big bands to subway soloists. Elegant clubs with big-name headliners to funky basements where the bands play all night. Jazz Guide: New York City reveals more than sixty venues where you can hear the best of every kind of jazz -- Latin, avant-garde, New Orleans-style, or hard bop -- in the city renowned for the music. Festivals, music stores, poetry sessions, and gospel brunches are also featured, along with jazz lore: Visits to the heyday of Harlem and 52nd Street, the famous bridge where Sonny Rollins moonlighted, and the neighborhood Louis Armstrong called home.
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Jazz is everywhere in Manhattan but, many times, you have an itch to hear some but aren't always sure about a certain club -- is it spiffy or grungy, is there a famous backstory, what are the regulars like, the sound system, are the drinks watery, does it cater to tourists or hardcore fans? You know, that kinda stuff. I was impressed to find that this little guidebook has all this info and more! The writing style is very insightful and playful but also carefully detailed. The entries have that 'lived-in' feeling that lets you know this book wasn't just knocked off but put together with thought and taste. Great photos, too! Kind of sepia-toned with an old-timey flair. I'll never be stymied on Saturday nights again!