It’s Summertime and the Readin’ Is Easy with Richie Gerber’s Jazz America’s Gift

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From June 1 to August 30, 2016, JAZZ: America’s Gift e-book is available for Kindle download for the easy-reading price of only $1.99

Kirkus' Reviews Best Books of 2015

Jazz: America's Gift is very highly recommended and rewarding reading — Midwest Book Reviews

Richie Gerber announced today that his critically acclaimed book, Jazz America’s Gift will be on sale between June 1 and August 30 for the low price of $1.99. It’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” wrote Gershwin in the Porgy and Bess classic “Summertime”—and when the living is easy, so is the reading. This summer, jazz lovers and history buffs can download Jazz America’s Gift: From Its Birth to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue & Beyond for an intimate, witty, and thought-provoking look into the history of jazz and the life of arguably one of the greatest composers of all time.

Enhanced by the signature artwork of the celebrity artist Miguel Covarrubias, Gerber’s masterfully compiled narrative draws from his unique perspective as an accomplished musician, performer, comedian, impresario, and admirer of George Gershwin’s work, as well as “all things Jazz,” to breathe new life into the reader’s appreciation of the Age of Jazz. Gerber’s book was named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015—noting, “Covarrubias’ vibrant illustrations really enhance the text.” While summing up Gerber's book as, “A lively… overview of jazz’s origins.”

Jazz: America’s Gift breathes new and varied notes into the concept of summer reading, making it an ideal read for enjoyment, education, and appreciation. The paperback is a hefty, well-crafted tome, perfect for the coffee table and bedroom bookshelf between reads, but the e-book is easy to tote and enjoy virtually anywhere. As Gershwin captured the essence of the summer season in his “Summertime” lyrics and musical accompaniment, Gerber’s e-book captures the reader’s love of jazz, whether it’s on the beach, in the family room, or on the back patio. With the Kindle book priced at only $1.99, readers can easily enjoy Gerber’s artfully crafted masterpiece. As Kirkus Reviews states, “Rather than taking a dry, academic approach to the subject, Gerber, a musician and natural foods entrepreneur, writes in a conversational, lively, and witty style.” Conversational, lively, and witty—these are qualities anyone would want in a summer read.

And speaking of summer reads, Richie Gerber’s latest blog post “George Gershwin the Painter" has been published by the University of Michigan Gershwin Initiative, an ongoing scholarly examination of the music of George and Ira Gershwin. This prestigious honor reflects Gerber’s knowledge and passion for the life and talents of George Gershwin.

Critically acclaimed and well reviewed by the highly respected Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Midwest Book Reviews, Jazz: America’s Gift is virtually guaranteed to be an excellent addition to any summer reading program. Richie Gerber invites his readers to lose themselves in a colorful, musical world while enjoying the easy livin’ that summertime promises. So, for a hot summer read, tune in to cool jazz.

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