From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-This chronologically arranged collection of more than 50 biographical sketches ranges from the pioneers to contemporary players and includes such notables as Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Wynton Marsalis. An introduction to each era discusses the evolution of the styles that various individuals represent. Each profile focuses mainly on the subject's musical training, influences, and contributions rather than on personal background or family, and includes black-and-white photographs, a sidebar of pertinent facts, a discography, further reading, and Web sites. An excellent one-source overview of the important jazz contributors.Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"As a basic reference tool, this should be useful, given Shipton's thorough scholarship and careful writing and his own experience as a musician." -- Mississippi Rag
"Thoughtful, concisely written portraits summarize the lives and accomplishments of performers and composers. Well captioned black-and-white photos and many appendices accompany this useful book." -- The Horn Book Guide