Today is the official publication date of my book Why Jazz Happened (University of California Press). To celebrate, I'm starting a five-part video and text series to give JazzWax readers a taste of the book's content.
If you've already purchased a copy of the book, thank you from the bottom of my heart. If not, here's Part 1 of my video interview series to give you a feel for the book...
Why Jazz Happens breaks quite a bit of news—and I'll be touching on some of the highlights this week:
Wednesday—former Columbia Records producer George Avakian talks about the single reason why jazz was able to graduate to the 12-inch LP from the 10-inch version in the mid-'50s.
Friday—Gary Burton's take on the San Francisco rock scene in the late '60s.
A big JazzWax thanks to Fred Seibert, Mike Hamer and Zoë Barton.
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To buy: Go here.