Books Weather Bird Jazz at the Dawn of It's Second Century by Gary Giddins Hardcover, 632 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, List Price: $35 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleWeather BirdSubtitleJazz at the Dawn of It's Second CenturyAuthorGary Giddins Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary A companion volume to the landmark Visions of Jazz collects more than 140 writings celebrating jazz, with commentary on everything from modern jazz events and the current top musicians, to studies on the leading jazz figures of the past. Genres: Arts & Entertainment Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Weather Bird Summer Reading: Nonfiction Excerpt: 'Weather Bird' July 13, 2005 Author Gary Giddins remains an enthusiast, never giving up on jazz, an art form that has been declared near death for most of my listening life. Rather than criticize obscure records, he hunts for winners and presents his trophies.