David Baker helped make formal jazz education a growing part of the music's history and evolution.
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January 19, 2012 Baker helped make formal jazz education a growing part of the music's history and evolution.
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux's Jazz is a new guide for both novice listeners and longtime fans.
November 17, 2009 Attempting to make your way into jazz is never easy, but the jazz writer and cultural critic Gary Giddins has rendered it a bit more approachable. His new book, Jazz, is a new guide for novice listeners and longtime fans alike. Giddins picks five songs from his list of 101 entry-way jazz recordings.
July 28, 2009 Everyone could have Miles and Trane and Bill Evans. But Russell, the behind-the-scenes theorist caught in the middle of one of jazz's most fertile periods, and largely overlooked for that reason, became one of my heroes.
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