The 30-second Jazz is the ultimate companion for newcomers to the diverse, instinctive and wonderful word of jazz. Taking readers on a journey from the African-American roots of jazz to the global mix of styles jazz incorporates today, this engaging book looks at the shape and style of jazz instruments, at key personalities and recordings in the jazz canon, at all the different styles of jazz from New Orleans & classical jazz to Swing and Bepop, and at what might be expected next from the most diverse of musical forms. Organised into a sequence of well thought out chapters, it's complied into small engaging entries, so you can get to grips with the subject in just 30 seconds.
Dave Kelly, editor, was born at the height of the Swing Era, and has been part of and co-led award-winning jazz bands. He has written extensively on jazz and has been voted Jazz Writer of the Year. He joined the Observer in 1974 and has written regularly for them ever since.