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KEVIN WHITEHEAD is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book WHY JAZZ? A CONCISE GUIDE is a marvelous account of the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format. The book begins by answering some of the most basic questions about jazz like “Why listen to jazz?” This guide then proceeds to build into a lively description of jazz in its many forms and discussions of its key players. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves jazz at any level of interest. Tonight, our conversation ranges widely from who made the first jazz recording, to a definition of the art, and from bebop through Coltrane and beyond. Don’t miss this show!