It is the hope of the author that Composers will serve as a reference for those interested in jazz and the examination of a particular composer. The American Songbook is a favorite of musicians and performers all over the world. It is further hoped that information found in Composers will be entertaining, educational, and enjoyable reading.
Jazz is a true American original, a creation that is uniquely American in scope. Jazz is meant to be shared. In the final analysis, jazz is as George Gershwin defined it in March 1937: "Jazz is the Voice of the American Soul."