Jazz In the New Millennium: Live and Well
By Rick Mitchell
Photos by Pin Lim
|Houston, TX (October 22, 2014):|
Dharma Moon Press, in partnership with Da Camera of Houston, announces the national publication of Jazz In the New Millennium: Live and Well, by Rick Mitchell, with color photography by Pin Lim.
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 features 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 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). Since 2000, he has been the jazz program notes annotator for Da Camera of Houston, for which these interviews were originally conducted. In that period, Da Camera has presented many of the leading figures in jazz, including nearly every young artist who has come on the scene in the 21st Century.
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. The book includes selected career discographies for each artist, as well as Mitchell’s Jazz In the New Millennium playlists, featuring one post-2000 track per artist. The discographies and playlist tracks can be purchased at Amazon.
The print version ($24.95) is currently available in a limited edition atwww.rickmitchell.us, www.dacamera.com and at retail outlets in Houston. The eBook ($9.99) is available nationally through iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble and other digital media outlets, as well as at www.rickmitchell.us.
“Rick Mitchell’s lively, clear overview of stars energizing jazz since 2000 confirms that the music is as immediate and refreshing as ever, with greater reach than is generally acknowledged,” says Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association. “Read Jazz In the New Millennium to meet artists you’ll like to hear, and connect with the homegrown sounds bubbling all around us.”
Review copies are available upon request, and Rick Mitchell is available for print and radio interviews. To contact the author directly, please visit www.rickmitchell.us.