There are a ton of great books out that detail the lives of some of the most influential jazz musicians and one of our goals is to help you choose some of the best reading material available to you.

So, we decided to take a look at Amazon to see what 10 of the most popular music biographies and autobiographies were so far this summer and we have added them to our reading list so we can review them for you.

That way, we can help weed out some of the more irrelevant material for you and save you some time so that you choose to read the best of what’s out there. (Note: When we created this list, we only selected the top book for each performer, so we skipped any duplicate bios on the Amazon list. If you recommend we read a different version of any musician’s bio on this list, please feel free to let us know in the comments.)

Here’s the list of books we plan on reading. We’ll add our reviews to the site soon, but in the meantime, if you’ve read any of these books, what did you think?

Please note, that for the time being, clicking any of the links below will take you to Amazon until our reviews are written.

1. Music Is My Mistress
by Edward Kennedy Ellington(Review Coming Soon)
2. Miles: The Autobiographyby Miles Davis

(Review Coming Soon)

3.Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
by Robin DG Kelley(Review Coming Soon)
4. Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend
by Michael Dregni(Review coming soon.)
5. Pops: Paul Whiteman, King of Jazz by Thomas A. Delong(Review Coming Soon)
6. Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings
by Mr Peter Pettinger
(Review Coming Soon)
7. Jaco: The Extraordinary Tragic Life of Jaco Pastoriusby Bill Millkowski
(Review Coming Soon)
8. King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Eraby Edward A Berlin
(Review Coming Soon)
9. Chet Baker: His Life and Musicby Jeroen De Valk
(Review Coming Soon)
10. John Coltrane: His Life and Music
by Lewis Porter(Review coming soon)

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.