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book love: the jazz standards // 08


Welcome to the 8th instalment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book is The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire by Ted Gioia

Usually I read a book from cover to cover before posting about it in this column, however if you follow me on instagram then you know that I only received this book last week. However, I was so excited about it that I couldn’t wait to share.


I first heard about The Jazz Standards in the Fred Hersch interview I posted about last week. Basically, the book is a reference guide to more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. Each entry is roughly a page and a half in length and contains information about the composer and lyricist, where it first originated (whether on film, broadway, a jazz original, etc), who most notably recorded it, and some interesting stories relating to the song or composer. Each entry also contains a “recommended versions” list which is order by year.

This is a resource that I will treasure always and return to often.



That’s it for Book Love // 08. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. You can also check out the last post in the series, Singers & The Song.

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.


  1. Thank you for sharing this Renee – this book is a gem of find for our jazz tap community as well.

  2. I’ve been hearing so much about this book, glad to see your post on it (with pictures!)! I definitely want to check it out. Adding it to my Christmas wish-list now… 🙂

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