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They All Played Ragtime by Rudy Blesh

Giants of Jazz by Studs Terkle

Jazz, The First Century by John Hasse

The Oxford companion to Jazz

The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia

Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to BeBop by Frank Driggs

Also, there are many books on individual jazz artists with in-
depth biographies and history.

"But jazz," said Professor Henry Van Dyck (1852 1933)
of Princeton University, "is an unmitigated cacophony, a
combination of disagreeable sounds in complicated
discords, a willful ugliness and a deliberate vulgarity."

About Mark Allred
About Mark Allred
About Mark Allred
About Mark Allred
Jazz connoisseur Mark Allred has followed the careers of jazz
musicians since 1972 and promoted musicians in London in the
mid-80's. His personal collection focuses on bop, modal jazz,
and fusion. His allure to jazz does not end with mainstream
releases; he also delves into artist discography, unusual
collaborations, rare live recordings, and sessions in their purist
recorded sequence.

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