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Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Written for the cognoscenti as well as the beginner, Jazz (W. W. Norton & Co., 209) by jazz critic Gary Giddins and jazz scholar Scott DeVeaux, provides a sumptuous banquet of history and culture from the genre’s earliest roots to the present day. The authors note that jazz is three different kinds of music: an art form (America’s classical music), popular music (particularly during the swing era of the 1930s) and African-American folk music. The book is encyclopedic in scope, written in engaging, accessible language and made even richer by the inclusion of vintage photographs as well as more than 75 listening guides.