Saving it Twice: Preserving Jazz in Documentaries, Compilation Films, and Short Subjects


Even the best jazz artists were not filmed under the circumstances they themselves might have chosen, since commercial entertainment was often the overriding concern of film producers. Nevertheless, jazz enthusiasts should be grateful for any film of jazz musicians, if only because so little of it exists. Much can be learned from those bits of film that preserve the images of the artists along with their music. Our pleasure in these images can be greatly enhanced when we know where they come from and why there were made.

A Bibliography of Jazz and Poetry Criticism

This bibliography has been updated and expanded from its original publication in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, 25.1 (Winter 2002): 338-346.

Books, Dissertations and Anthologies

Algarin, Miguel and Bob Holman, eds. Aloud: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. New York: Henry Holt, 1994.

Anderson, T.J. III. Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2004.

Baraka, Amiri and Amina Baraka. The Music: Reflections on Jazz and Blues. New York: Morrow, 1987.


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