Jazz Uncovered: A Radical Guide to the Music That Changed the World - Hamilcar Publications

Jazz Uncovered: A Radical Guide to the Music That Changed the World

Sammy Stein



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Coming July 19, 2022!

Jazz isn’t what you think it is. The accepted history is that it originated in New Orleans and was created by poor, oppressed people who had been brought in from all over the world. Different cultures mixed, and the music evolved. People made their own instruments or purchased ones from the Civil War at pawnshops. With its different influences, this music became “jass,” and then “jazz,” and moved north across America with the riverboats. This simplistic view satisfies many. But the story of jazz is much more complex.

In Jazz Uncovered, Sammy Stein tells the real story of jazz, and addresses questions such as who was the first jazz musician? What makes a jazz musician great? She also demystifies jazz terms and discusses the fascinating connection between hip-hop and jazz—from the ways each art form first developed, to how hip-hop and genres like classical and rock ’n’ roll have influenced and been influenced by jazz. She also looks at the powerful social and cultural influences of jazz as well as its bright future. Above all, Stein makes it clear that jazz is a music for all and is as relevant as ever.

Ultimately, this book is at once a people’s history and an engaging guide that will educate and delight both hard-core jazz fans and new fans alike. And one thing is certain―after reading it, you will never see jazz the same way again.




  • Publication Date: July 19, 2022
  • Author: Sammy Stein
  • Edition: 1st
  • Availability: World
  • Page Count: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 6″ X 9″
  • ISBN: 9781949590500
  • List Price: $18.99 | £20
  • Distribution: Two Rivers


Sammy Stein is a noted jazz author, reviewer, and columnist. She has written several books and articles and has been published online by All About Jazz, Something Else Reviews, Free Jazz Collective, and Jazz Views. Her magazine contributions include EssentialsRecord CollectorThe Irish PostPianist Magazine, and many more. Stein has also written for several radio shows including the successful Ladies in Jazz series on Jazz Bites Radio, has covered gigs for the BBC, and currently curates the Jazz Repository, a private collection of 59,000 recordings. She is the author of Women in Jazz: The Women, the Legends, and Their Fight (8th House Publishing) and lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Learn more about Sammy here: www.sammystein.org

Follow Sammy on Twitter: @SammyStein111