Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz is now available in paperback. Published by the University of Chicago Press, the book examines the jazz image from the 1930s to the 1960s and includes more than sixty illustrations. Blue Notes in Black and White studies the changing image of jazz against the backdrop of a U.S. society in flux during the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement. The book examines the images of such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane as envisioned by William Gottlieb, Herman Leonard, William Claxton, Roy DeCarava and other master photographers. The book is informed by some of the last interviews given by the late Gottlieb, Leonard, Claxton, Dennis Stock, and more. Thanks to book and blog readers for supporting Blue Notes since its 2011 debut.
“Blue Notes bats an objective eye toward jazz musicians, depicting them not as romantic symbols of glorified nightclub scenes, but as cultural pioneers championing for acceptance.” –Hilary Brown, Down Beat
“It’s striking how one photographer’s style differs from every other, as though each had been compelled to devise an approach that none of his compatriots could have imagined. Ideal reading while spinning Monk or Kind of Blue.” –Colin Fleming, Mojo
“The research is top-notch, and the explanations are clear and in-depth. . . A must-have for anyone seriously interested in the politics and sociology of jazz and how it was perceived from the 1930s through the 1960s.” — James E. Perone, Library Journal