Gary Giddins is the Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York. He was the Village Voice jazz columnist for over 30 years and remains a preeminent jazz critic who received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century in 1998. His other books include Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903–1940, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research; Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century; Faces in the Crowd; Natural Selection; Warning Shadows; and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. He has won an unparalleled six ASCAP–Deems Taylor Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting.
Books by Gary Giddins
All That Jazz—Total Access to the music and the players.More
The #1 text in the market—now in an Essentials Edition.More
The 2 CD set of concise recordings features 41 pieces, carefully selected from the 78 tracks of the Full Edition, in a dynamic combination of essential masterworks and lesser-known gems.More
The DVD-ROM of concise recordings contains the same repertoire as the CD set, but includes Interactive Listening Guides (iLGs) which synchronize audio and author commentary. The iLGs also features listening quizzes that challenge students to identify the instruments, performers, and structure of each piece.More
An optional disc including all 77 recordings in MP3 format with an easy-to-navigate index to open. Interactive Listening Guides for each work is available.More
A brilliantly insightful and witty examination of beloved and little-known films, directors, and stars by one of America’s most esteemed critics.More