Jazz on Film:
The Complete Story of the Musicians and Music Onscreen
By Scott Yanow
The complete story of jazz's significant artists and their appearances on film
- The history of jazz on film, by one of the most prolific and respected authors in the field.
Jazz on Film reviews, analyzes, and rates virtually every appearance of a jazz musician or singer on film. After presenting a detailed essay on the history of jazz on film and television, Yanow reviews and rates 1,300 movies, documentaries, shorts, videos, and DVD. These include rare shorts from the 1920s, big-budget Hollywood films, independent productions, soundies, transcriptions made especially for television, semi-fictional movie biographies, concert films, documentaries, and many additional items.
Jazz on Film lets readers know how to view the jazz legends and the greats of today, and what DVDs and videos are worth acquiring. Each film is given a 1 to 10 rating and a concise description of its contents and value. Jazz on Film covers the entire jazz field, from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, and Diana Krall. This informative book will prove invaluable to jazz and film enthusiasts and collectors.
From a review of Jazz on Record in Library Journal, 2/1/04:
"Yanow is thorough, fluid, and enthusiastic.... so readers will almost feel as if they are having a wonderful conversation with a jazz-loving friend who just happens to be one of the world's leading experts on jazz recordings."
Scott Yanow has been writing about jazz since 1975. Jazz editor of Record Review during its entire publishing history (1976-84), he has written for virtually every leading jazz magazine, including Cadence, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, L.A. Jazz Scene, Jazz Improv, Planet Jazz, Jazz Report, Jazz Forum, Coda, Jazz Now, and others. Editor of the All Music Guide to Jazz and author of many books, Yanow has also written over 200 album liner notes.
320 pages, 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
B&W photos and charts throughout
Publication Date: November, 2004