"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees."—Economist
"How to Listen to Jazz is an effort to teach casual listeners how 'careful listening can demystify virtually all of the intricacies and marvels of jazz.'"—New York Times
"How to Listen to Jazz fills an important and obvious gap by offering a sensible and jargon-free introduction to what Gioia calls 'the most joyous sound invented during the entire course of twentieth-century music.' The book deserves a place alongside such classic works of jazz criticism as Martin Williams's The Jazz Tradition, Will Friedwald's Jazz Singing, the books of Gary Giddins and Gioia's own The History of Jazz."—Washington Post
"[How to Listen to Jazz is a] satisfying new book.... One of the best features of the book is a set of 'music maps,' as Mr. Gioia calls them, that serve as a guide to individual recordings."—WallStreet Journal
"His prose is brisk and
well-paced, with many surprising insights along the way.... It's also a lot of
fun, and before long you're no longer just a listener but an active participant
in the music."
"How to Listen to Jazz is a packed and useful introduction to the medium with suggestions and aids for the listener who wants to gain entrance to a rich and complicated body of work."—WeeklyStandard
"How to Listen to Jazz is a thorough, impassioned guide to a sound that tends either to inspire deep, almost religious devotion or cause eyes to go crossed...[Gioia] elucidates the music in a way that increases the listener's sense of awe and wonder, rather than supplants it."—ColumbiaDaily Tribune
"Gioia's engaging yet authoritative style makes How to Listen to Jazz not just a valuable primer but a delight to read."—CityJournal (online)
A perfect way...to begin an understanding of a music
that is, in truth, very, very easy to love."
"How to Listen to Jazz is a fresh, clearly written and infinitely usable book that should put the jazz novice on track."—LibraryJournal
"A pretense-free primer on
learning to appreciate jazz.... Curious neophytes can start here."
"As jazz enters its second century, becoming more
multi-faceted apace, guidance for the novice--listener or musician--is more
useful than ever, and Ted Gioia offers it expertly, in blessedly readable
—Dan Morgenstern, Director emeritus, Institute of JazzStudies and author of Living withJazz
"This book does what so many have tried to and failed:
it teaches without preaching and empowers the reader to search for their own understanding
and preferences. It's a welcome and needed addition to everyone's bookshelf."
—Wayne Winborne, Executive Director, Institute of JazzStudies