ed Gioia is a musician and author, and has published eight non-fiction books, most recently the bestselling The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, published by Oxford University Press in July 2012. His The History of Jazz was selected as one of the twenty best books of the year by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post, and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times. Gioia’s 2008 book Delta Blues, published by W.W. Norton, was also selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 most notable of the year, and was picked as one of the best books of the year by The Economist.
Gioia has been called one of the outstanding music historians in America by the Dallas Morning News. In 2006, Gioia published two books simultaneously, Work Songs and Healing Songs, the result of more a decade of research into traditional music, and both works were honored with a special ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Gioia has also written extensively on popular culture, most notably in his 2009 book The Birth (and the Death) of Cool, a work of cultural criticism and a historical survey of hipness—his concept of post-cool, outlined in this work, was highlighted as one of the ideas of the year by Adbusters. The prose is so strong, simple and evocative that it brings the reader almost to tears with longing, The Washington Post has written of this book. It will force you to think about making connections you haven't made before.”