"W. Royal Stokes is sensitive to the range of experiences of people who have 'grown up with jazz,' yielding a fascinating, often-surprising, kaleidoscope of life stories. Organized as a history of the present, Stokes interviews the jazz musicians he hears at the turn of the 21st century, and invites them to relate how they 'got there' from a wide variety of historical, social, cultural, and national trajectories. It is so refreshing to see so many women musicians included in a jazz book that isnt ear-marked 'women-in-jazz.' Clearly Stokes 'gets it' that women are already in jazz!" --Sherrie Tucker, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, author of Swing Shift: All-Girl Bands of the 1940s
"Royal Stokes, an expert interviewer, has assembled a truly amazing cast of characters here, illuminating his conviction that jazz has become a global phenomenon. Surprises are in store for any and all interested in the music and its makers."--Dan Morgenstern, Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and author of Living with Jazz
"W. Royal Stokes's Growing Up With Jazz
is a rich and insightful book about the making of jazz. Spanning generations, with a mix of old heads and young stars, this book shows through its series of autobiographical testimonies just how enduring and how profound the jazz tradition is."--Gerald Early, Professor of English and African American Studies, Washington University, and author of Miles Davis and American Culture
--This text refers to the Hardcover
About the Author
W. Royal Stokes has written about jazz and blues for such publications as Down Beat, JazzTimes, and The Washington Post and hosted the public radio shows "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" and Since Minton's. He is the former editor of Jazz Notes, the quarterly journal of the Jazz Journalists Association, and author of The Jazz Scene, Swing Era New York, and Living the Jazz Life. He lives in Elkins, West Virginia.