Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion by drummer, author,
and poet Michael Stephans. (404p) ISBN 978-0-8108-8289-8
SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, one of the finest jazz venues in existence anywhere, will be hosting a celebration of this unique book on Sunday, July 6th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. A preview of some of the Experiencing Jazz’ highlights will be presented informally by the author, and music will be provided by a super quartet comprised of saxophonist DAVE LIEBMAN, pianist URI CAINE, bassist TONY MARINO, and the author on drums.
In addition to having played and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Bennie Maupin, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Pharoah Sanders, Phil Woods, the late Bob Brookmeyer, John Patitucci, Dave Stryker, Uri Caine, Alan Broadbent, Larry Gelb, and many others, Stephans also holds a Ph.D. and two Masters Degrees, and teaches writing at the university level. To say that he is unique among the many fine jazz writers currently active today, is an understatement.
Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly as a “groundbreaking book” and goes on to say:”This survey of jazz is particular among jazz appreciation texts because it is written by a jazz musician who is
currently active on the global jazz scene. With a foreword by esteemed jazz writer Doug Ramsey and preface by jazz master, Dave Liebman, this text is a culmination of many prominent voices of the jazz world.”
“At the heart of the book, readers are invited onto the bandstand to listen to personal accounts and legendary jazz stories.”
“I love this book!! Thanks for your passion.” – Joe Lovano
Smalls Jazz Club is located at 183 W. 10th Street in Greenwich Village.