How do you get to know a genre intimately? By immersing yourself in it. Howard Reich has reported on jazz for the Chicago Tribune for almost four decades, and in this time he has met musicians both celebrated and obscure. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald, to profiles of the early masters like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday, this book illustrates Reich’s deep understanding of the performances, recordings, and cultural legacies of these jazz masters.
But the study of jazz doesn't stop in at Chicago. Reich goes to places even like Cuba to discover the music’s originators, great singers, game changers, and regional influencers.