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The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Popular Standards

Max Morath
Paperback: 235 pages
Perigee Books
February 1, 2002
ISBN: 0399527443

Morath defines and tells the story of popular standards and then deconstructs them. He discusses the performers, the songwriters, popular CD’s, and the continuing interest of performers in reinterpreting these songs from the golden age of American music.

With regard to jazz standards, The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Popular Standards is a great introductory reference, containing 100 song abstracts of approximately 120 words and interesting discussions on the standards. There is a fair amount of overlap with the top 100 jazz standards documented at this site by statistical ranking. Those documented by Morath were selected to “introduce the genre at its best.”

Max Morath is the author of The Road to Ragtime and a contributor to Jazz: A Reader’s Companion. He is an acclaimed ragtime musician and recording artist and has been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

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The JazzStandards.com bookstore provides you with a catalog of 200 books associated with the jazz standards. Organized by category, each entry has an editorial comment to aid you in your research and guide you in your recreational reading.


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The books used to research and develop JazzStandards.com are listed in this bookstore and may be considered the site bibliography.

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