ISBN: 688170749; Author: Hasse, John E.; Publisher: William Morrow & Co.; Format: Hardcover; Jazz: The First Century marks the hundred-year anniversary of this most American of art forms by bringing together text, photos, art, and artifacts in a rich, illustrated chronicle that opens up the vibrant world of jazz to everyone. The book is edited by preeminent contemporary jazz historian John Hasse, curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution. He leads a writing team of today's finest and most widely respected authorities on jazz, including Dan Morgenstern (director of the Institute of Jazz Studies), Bob Blumenthal (Boston Globe critic), and John Litweiler (author of Ornette Coleman: A Harmolodic Life). Their compelling essays are complemented by an engrossing and sophisticated design packed with 300 images (photos, record jackets, posters, sheet music covers, etc.) and ten illuminating sidebars per chapter--as well as boxed material and other visuals. An essential treasure trove of enlightening information for the music history lover, Jazz: The First Century also features an annotated list of 100 essential jazz recordings, an extensive discography of key recordings by important artists, informed lists of quintessential recordings for each era and style, and a comprehensive bibliography of great jazz writing.