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William Claxton. Jazzlife

Hardcover, 9.4 x 13.2 in., 7.89 lb, 600 pages
US$ 80
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Take a jazz trip like no other with William Claxton’s legendary photographic journey across the concert halls, side streets, and big bands of 1960s America. From coast to coast, Claxton’s tribute is a living, breathing, beating picture of the genre that enraptured America across social, economic, and racial lines.

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Bands and Blues

The ultimate evocative jazz trip through time
In 1960, photographer William Claxton and noted musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled the United States hot on the trail of jazz. Through music halls and marching bands, side streets and subways, they sought to document this living, breathing, beating musical phenomenon that enraptured America across social, economic, and racial lines.

The result of Claxton and Berendt’s collaboration was Jazzlife, much sought after by collectors and now revived in this fresh TASCHEN volume. From coast to coast, from unknown street performers to legends of the genre, this defining jazz journey explores just what made up this most original of American art forms. In New Orleans and New York, in St. Louis, Biloxi, Jackson, and beyond, Claxton’s rapturous yet tender images and accompanying texts examine jazz’s regional diversity as much as its pervasive vitality and soul. They show the music makers and the many spaces and people this music touched, from funeral parades to concert stages, from an elderly trumpet player to kids who hung from windows to catch a glimpse of a passing band.

With images of Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Gabor Szabo, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and many more, this is as much a compelling slice of history as it is a loving personal tribute.
The photographer

William Claxton (1927–2008) began his career shooting jazz record cover art and made his name with images of such leading musicians as Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday. His work was featured in Life, Paris Match, and Vogue and in galleries around the world.

The author

Joachim E. Berendt (1922–2000) was a journalist, author, founding member of South West German Radio (Südwestfunk), and a producer of more than 250 music records. His 1953 book Das Jazzbuch became the most successful history book on jazz worldwide. His vast collection of records, books, and jazz documents form the basis of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

William Claxton. Jazzlife
Hardcover, 9.4 x 13.2 in., 7.89 lb, 600 pages

Customer reviews (12)

My favourite TASCHEN book so far!

Johan, October 28, 2021
This book make you travel in time and rediscover the history of Jazz through some of the most beautiful pictures I've seen from that time.

One of my favorites

Frank, October 27, 2021
One of my favorite books of all types of jazz including big band style and all the names you know - and maybe a few you do not.

Jazz en estado puro

Miguel, October 27, 2021
Edición de gran calidad con fotos de la escena jazz. Indispensable para cualquier amante de la buena música.


Francesca, October 27, 2021
Ottimo regalo per un amanti della fotografia e della musica ma anche solo per un amante dell’arte in generale! Lo consiglio!

Perfect gift...

Robin, October 27, 2021
...for the Jazz lover in your life.


Guglielmo, October 27, 2021
Un libro che non può assolutamente mancare nella libreria di un qualsiasi appassionato di musica e di fotografia, ogni foto è una storia da raccontare, da sfogliare rigorosamente con musica jazz di sottofondo!

Um monumento incontornável sobre o Jazz

José, February 02, 2022
Este é o livro que todos os amantes de Jazz vão querer ter. Verdadeiro monumento bibliográfico sobre o período clássico do Jazz, além do enorme valor documental, é uma perdição infindável para qualquer entusiasta, dos curiosos aos entendidos.

Jazz Life

César, January 29, 2022
El libro es una joya para los lectores amantes del jazz, no solo por las fotografías, que de por sí son un documento etnográfico y sociológico del máximo interés, sino también por los textos que acompañan a las imágenes, esclarecedores del viaje al interior del mundo del jazz que narra este libro.


Sara, November 03, 2021
Una colección de fotografías únicas que te hacen envidiar a su creador, por haber estado tan inmerso en el maravilloso mundo del jazz.
Si te gusta el jazz, este es tu libro, su contenido por escrito también está a la altura.


Katharina, October 29, 2021
Auf jeden Fall ein Buch für Kenner und Liebhaber des Jazz.
Ein Klassiker, der im Musikzimmer nicht fehlen darf.