BOOK SIGNING – RICK MITCHELL – SATURDAY, 8/9 @ 3PM
From Randy Weston, Roy Haynes and Wayne Shorter to Jason Moran, Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding, Jazz In the New Millennium profiles nearly 60 leading jazz artists who are keeping the tradition alive and well in the 21st Century. The book includes the musicians reflecting on their own music, as well as on the state of the art form 100 years after its birth, and demonstrates why jazz continues to thrive creatively despite commercial neglect and the deliberate dumbing down of popular culture.
Author Rick Mitchell has been writing about music for 40 years, and has published three books, including Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky Tonk (University of Texas Press, 2007). From 1989 to 1999, Mitchell covered jazz and popular music for the Houston Chronicle. From 2000 to 2013, he served as music curator and artistic director for the Houston International Festival.
Jazz In the New Millennium (160 pages, 8 x 11, paper) will be of interest to both serious and casual jazz listeners who would like to know more about the artists who make the music, as well as teachers, students and the musicians themselves. As of August 1, 2014, it will be available for sale in print and eBook formats at www.dacamera.com and www.dharmamoon.net. The print version ($24.95) will be for sale at selected local retail outlets, including Cactus Music.