The history of jazz is rich with innovation, experimentation, controversy and emotion, but nothing embodies its spirit more than the players whose collective experience make it so unique. A year-by-year history of people and event, "The Chronicle of Jazz" tells the whole story of the music and its personalities. The book's interactive approach presents the art form to mirror the way in which ideas, motifs and music have been exchanged, borrowed and stolen-from all conceivable creative media-for over a hundred years. Modelled on the improvisation, interaction and rhythm of jazz itself, the book features a lively design and rare images of all kinds. The accessible and wide - ranging text turns music into words and histories into living images. "The Chronicle of Jazz" is a celebration of this century's most imaginative and enduring music.