Category Archives: music

John Wriggle is a musicologist, composer, arranger, and trombonist who has taught for the City University of New York, Rutgers University, and Boston University. He answered some questions about his book Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing … Continue reading

Whenever the Olympic Games convene, we remember that the United States shares the planet with other countries. We also remember that many of the world’s people play team handball. At the University of Illinois Press, our authors journey by jet, balloon, donkey, clipper ship, … Continue reading

The UIP catalog includes an immense store of knowledge about American music. We don’t publish blog posts on Sunday morning, so we’re taking this beautiful Thursday to point the way to some offerings on sacred music–the practitioners, history, and theory, … Continue reading

If Harold Arlen built a reputation for chronicling love on the rocks, Cole Porter gained lasting fame and the adulation of a grateful culture for his celebrations of successful romance. Oh, the man worked the cloudier side of the street, with “Ev’ry Time … Continue reading

To commemorate Bastille Day, the University of Illinois Press celebrates its backlist of books on France and the French. Le Jazz: Jazz and French Cultural Identity, by Matthew F. Jordan Matthew F. Jordan deftly blends textual analysis, critical theory, and … Continue reading

Successful beyond belief in his chosen trade of making soundtrack music, Henry Mancini also enjoyed good fortune (made one, too) with forays into the pop charts. When he hit, he hit big. His Theme from Peter Gunn not only sold … Continue reading

The pride of Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, or somewhere close to it, Ralph Stanley was performing at age eleven and still going strong at age 89. “His voice sounds like it has been here since time began,” said bluegrass musician … Continue reading

Whatever happened to love? If you think there’s not enough of it in this old world, don’t blame Barry Manilow. Born on this day in 1943, he arrived on an ethereal wave of catchy melodies and superb orchestration before learning his … Continue reading

Since its initial publication, Michael Hicks‘s book The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography has attracted raves for telling the fascinating inside story of the beloved American institution. We are pleased to announce that Michael’s peers agree with public opinion. His … Continue reading

With his trademark mandolin style and unequaled tenor harmonies, Curly Seckler has carved out a seventy-seven-year career in bluegrass and country music. Written in close collaboration with Mr. Seckler and those who know him, Foggy Mountain Troubadour is the first … Continue reading