David Demsey, William Paterson University Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Living Jazz Archives Curator, saxophonist, and author of John Coltrane Plays "Giant Steps"
"Knowing Jazz offers valuable insights into the relationship between jazz communities, education and history, and explores many well-trodden jazz mythologies. Prouty's engaging book will appeal to anyone interested in the complexities of the jazz scene today."
Tony Whyton, author of Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition
"Drawing on an enormous range of scholarship, as well as his own extensive experience as a professional musician, Ken Prouty shows how performers, historians, journalists, filmmakers, educators, bloggers, and Tweeters serve to form, contest, and reform notions of 'the jazz community' today. Beautifully written, smart, engaging, and refreshingly honest, Knowing Jazz is truly a jazz book for the 21st century and a must-read for scholars, musicians, educators, and everyone else who cares about the past, present, and future of this music."
David Ake, Director of the School of the Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, and author of Jazz Matters and Jazz Cultures