Primarily for jazz fanciers, this contributes detail on little known or disregarded contributors to the history of jazz and is a serious, historical, scientific, poetic, artistic, emotional and philosophical study of this sort of music. From the primitive African rhythms to the combination with melodies of the periods, this traces the emergence of the American contribution to music, with emphasis on the leaders, the bands, white as well as Negro. From New Orleans to Europe, where recognition, enthusiasm and respect were far ahead of American reception, to the top-ranking members of this hot fraternity. Here are big names, big bands, outstanding if less well-known small bands and names. Here is a picture of jazz as a democratic creation opposed to commercial music; here are corrections of erroneous ideas and argumentative theories; here are long-term considerations by an early afficianado. An interesting job for a special market.