Teachers Reading List


  • Andreau, Helene. Jazz Dance: An Adult Beginner’s Guide. Englewood Cliffe, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall , 1983(This book has an excellent introduction, including history as well as a comparison of ballet, modern and jazz, Ignore the “how-to” section)
  • Cayou, Delores Kirton. Modern Jazz Dance. Palo Alto, California: National Press Books, 1971. (Again this book has a good introduction and history section, but ignore the “how-to” section)
  • Emery, Lynne Fauley. Black Dance in the United States From 1619 to 1970. Palo Alto, California: National Press Books, 1972
  • Giordano, Gus. Anthology of Jazz Dance. Evanston Illinois: Orion Publishing House, 1978 ( A collection of articles written about jazz dance from 1929-1974)
  • Knaines, Minda Goodman and Kan, Ester. Jump Into Jazz: A Primer For The Beginning Jazz Dance Student. Palo Alto, California: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1983
  • Malone, Jacqui. Steppin’ on the Blues. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1996
  • Stearns, Marshall, and Stearns, Jean. Jazz Dance. New York: Macmillan, 1968( A bit of a tough read but this is by far the most comprehensive book on jazz dance history)Thorpe, Edward. Black Dance. London, England: Chatto & Windus Ltd., 1989 (Easy to comprehend, good photos)


There is no shortage of books on Jazz Music, here are but a few.

  • Abe, K. Jazz Giants: A Visual Retrospective. New York: Billboard Publications Inc., 1986. (Photos only)
  • Axelrod, Alan. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jazz. New York; Alpha Books, 1999
  • Berendt, J.E. Jazz: A Photo History. New York: Exeter books, 1982. (Photos only)
  • Case. Brian and Britt, Stan. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz. New York: Harmony Books, 1978 (or latest edition)
  • Clayton, Peter and Gammond, Peter. The Guinness Jazz Companion. Great Britain: Guinness Publishing Ltd., 1989
  • Dale, Rodney. The World of Jazz. New York: Schirmer Books, 1978
  • David, Ron. Jazz For Beginners New York: Writers and Readers Publishing Inc., 1995
  • Gelly, Dave. The Giants of Jazz. New York: Schirmer Books, 1986
  • Gridley, Mark C. Jazz Styles: History and Analysis. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Inc, 1991
  • Sutro, Dirk. Jazz For Dummies. California: IDG Books Worldwide Inc., 1998
  • Tanner, Paul, Paul O.W and Gerow, Maurice. A Study of Jazz. Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Company Publishers. 1981