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Gary Giddins

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

  1. Book CoverJazz

    Second Edition

    All That Jazz—Total Access to the music and the players.More

  2. Book CoverJazz: Essential Listening

    Second Edition

    The Essentials edition of the No.1 jazz text, now with Total AccessMore

  3. Book CoverRecordings: for Jazz, Second Edition


    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

  4. Book CoverWarning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema


    A brilliantly insightful and witty examination of beloved and little-known films, directors, and stars by one of America’s most esteemed critics.More