"The History of European Jazz" book published



The long-awaited HISTORY OF EUROPEAN JAZZ book curated by jazz historian Francesco Martinelli and series editor Alyn Shipton and published by Equinox Publishing has officially been launched at the European Jazz Conference in Lisbon on September 15, 2018. The book is the first organic overview of the history of jazz in Europe from its beginnings to the year 2000 and includes 750 pages, 250 images, 40 articles (34 of which are country-based) and 45 contributors, an unprecedented panorama of jazz in Europe.

Presentations of the book are already scheduled in Istanbul (October '18) Milan and Sarajevo (November '18) and Budapest (December '18) and more are expected to be organised by EJN members and the book's contributors over the next period. 


In the course of almost a century, European jazz musicians not only produced a corpus of work worthy of much wider appreciation, but also adopted strategies to adapt to the varied reception that the music evoked, which ranged from joyful acceptance to outright prohibition, the latter often involving survival and protest in equal measure. As the first organic overview of the history of jazz in Europe, and covering the subject from its inception to the present day, this volume provides a unique, authoritative addition to the musicological literature.

Entries are written in a narrative style and are presented on a country-by-country basis. Each article is authored by a jazz history specialist from the specific country who contextualizes the music in the cultural landscape of that country, discussing the most influential figures of its development, and referencing the sometimes considerable literature available in the national language. This unprecedented pool of authors makes much of this information available in English for the first time. Further chapters cover related subjects: the history of African-American entertainers before jazz, the cross-national traditions of Gypsy and Jewish music, festivals, films, and avant-garde music. The book also draws on the newly available resources created by the extensive work being done nationally by various jazz archives. Chapters contain in-depth bibliographies, rare photographs and illustrations, and suggested listening lists.

Supported by the Europe Jazz Network with funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, this volume will serve as an inspiration for new generations of listeners and musicians.

You can order the book directly on the Equinox website: https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/jazz-over-europe-francesco-martinelli/