A new postscript and photographs by William Claxton have been added to this edition of West Coast Jazz, the definitive book on its subject.
Ted Gioia, one of the founders of Stanford University's Jazz Studies program, is also the author of The History of Jazz (1997) and The Imperfect Art: Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture (1988; winner of the ASCAP Deems-Taylor award). He has made recordings as a jazz pianist and has produced recordings of the work of younger west coast musicians.
"A book that desperately needed to be written and has turned out to be a surprise landmark and masterpiece." --Bruce and Joel Klauber, Jazziz "Gioia writes with the musical knowledge of a jazzman and the immediacy of a reporter, in language that has a casual grace." --Bill Kisliuk, San Francisco Review of Books "Ted Gioia is very much a West Coast jazz partisan, and his informed enthusiasm and wide-ranging research make West Coast Jazz a highly rewarding and arguable book. . . . Makes a large, disparate, unruly subject not only coherent but also intriguing." --Chicago Tribune "While the requisite space is devoted to such cool icons as Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Gioia also takes an expert, often iconoclastic look at the careers of other West Coast jazz men, both well-known and obscure. . . . Anyone looking for a basic history of the California scene should start with this smart, opinionated book." --Chris Morris, Billboard