The purpose of Composers is to share information concerning those composers who have influenced American and international music, whose musical creations continue to have an influence on jazz as well as other modes of music. Composers is designed as a biographical reference work and each entry will relate pertinent information about the composer.
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."