The Story of South African Jazz Book Series
is built on a timeline called “rays” defined by the mentorship of one generation of musician to another. It is an inter-generational conversation. The vision of this three part book series is to provide a foundation for the recognition of South African Jazz as a unique and inclusive urban expression from this area of the world. This three volume series is envisaged as a text book for education and is born out of the live music scene, where mentorship is the key to learning. The book series is published by afribeat.com
The writing is built on the age old South African vision of “taking the music to the people.” The Story of SA Jazz Volume One is 344 pages A5 soft cover book. The Story of SA Jazz Volume Two is also 344 pages A5 soft cover book. The books are printed at BK Bookbinders in Durban. The books retail individually at R250. A discount of 30% is available to education, outlets and libraries.
The series is written by jazz journalist Struan Douglas who has contributed since 1999 to magazines and newspapers on the topic of South African Jazz. He is a double social science honours graduate from UCT and has grade 5 RSM theory and practice in music, trumpet playing.