Jazz Guide NYC Steve Dollar Softcover; 176 pages; 2nd edition ISBN: 978-1-892145-43-7 The Little Bookroom 2007
Revealing much more than simply where to go and what to do in New York, Jazz Guide NYC provides detailed and valuable information about the city's current jazz ecology, its artists and events.
Steve Dollar's up-to-the-minute reflections will vividly reveal New York and its jazz scene to readers in other parts of the world, who may never see the city in real life, but will also be of interest to lifelong New Yorkers. Taking the reader on a tour of jazz in the city, Dollar writes about the musicians, past and present, who have done so much to shape the music.
As a dedicated jazz professional himself, Dollar has discussed the state of jazz with many people, and his candid commentaries flow in conversational style. Along with information about clubs, we learn about festivals, institutions, jazz radio stations, museums and more.
Dollar has left nothing out, and the book includes discussions on a range of legacy artists like Duke Ellington, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Louis Armstrong to more contemporary figures such as trumpeter Dave Douglas, pianist Eric Reed, guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Dollar is a writer who is in touch with current trends and knows what time it is.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.