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There have been countless thousands of informative and moving books through the years about Jazz and other genres of music. Following are lists of just three dozen of the several hundred I've read that have been especially worthwhile to me. Links are imbedded to websites for additional information.

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  -Miles Davis - "Autobiography"
  -Bruce Crowther - "Singing Jazz"
  -Duke Ellington - "Music is My Mistress"
  -Leonard Feather - "Encyclopedia of Jazz"
  -Leonard Feather - "From Satchmo to Miles"
  -Dizzy Gillespie - "To be or Not to Bop"
  -Ted Gioia - "The History of Jazz"
  -Leslie Grouse - "Everyday - Story of Joe Williams"
  -Pete Hamill - "Why Sinatra Matters"
  -Billie Holiday - "Lady Sings the Blues"
  -Stuart Nicholson - "Biography of First Lady of Jazz"
  -Anita O'Day - "High Times, Hard Times"
  -Richard Palmer - "Jazz Odyssey: Oscar Peterson"
  -Lewis Porter - "John Coltrane: His Life and Music"
  -Robert Reisner - "Bird: Legend of Charlie Parker"
  -Ray Charles & David Ritz - "Brother Ray"
  -Scott Yanow - "Jazz Singers"

    -Gregg Akkerman - "Johnny Hartman: Last Balladeer"
    -Jack Chambers - "Milestones"
    -Miles Davis - "Miles: The Autobiography"
    -Chris DeVito - "Coltrane on Coltrane: Interviews"
    -William Friedwald - "Jazz Singing"
    -Adam Goldstein: "Hard Bop Academy: Art Blakey Sideman"
    -Gary Ginell: "Walk Tall: Cannonball Adderley"
    -David Hadju - "Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn"
    -Quincy Jones - "My Journey and Passions"
    -Ashley Kahn - "Impulse Records: House Trane Built"
    -Ashley Kahn - "A Love Supreme: John Coltrane"
    -Ashley Kahn - "Story of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue"
    -Robin Kelley - "Life & Times of Thelonious Monk"
    -David Ritz - "Faith in Time: Life of Jimmy Scott"
    -Horace Silver - "Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty"
    -Carlos Santana - "The Universal Tone"


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