Sammy Stein, Author
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Stein is an established author and reviewer but this book takes her to another level; not only is it widely available (including in bookshops such as Waterstones) but it's also an ambitious attempt to shape debate about the future of jazz - and a successful one.
Stephen Godsall for Jazz Halo
Sammy Stein’s new book The Wonder of Jazz provides a broad, accessible take on where jazz finds itself presently and how it got here. Stein is prolific on this subject, having published books recently about women’s changing experiences of playing jazz music, and about the impact of Covid lockdown on working musicians. She is a deft interviewer, and as in her previous books this one seeks insight and opinion from many musicians, academics and others who are close to the music. Seemingly simple questions posed to different people take us down countless contradictory rabbit holes, providing many perspectives on what jazz is, and more to the point what jazz is now and where it might go next, given the current simmering dynamism of the UK scene. The book is informative, but its optimism is what makes it such a compelling read, almost as impactful as the music itself. Deb Grant - for Big Issue
. I heartily endorse The Wonder of Jazz and Stein’s writing, generally, but, as well, given the same, I think it’s worth talking specifically about why Stein is so good and why this book, now, is quite important to the broader conversation about capital-j Jazz, which free, improvised, and avant-garde music is strongly associated with. - Lee rice Epstein for free Jazz Collective
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