John Robert Brown's books BOOKS

Odd Socks - Quite funny poems by John Robert Brown, published by Iron Press, November 2018.

Come and meet the author and listen to some jazz at one of the scheduled book readings.


Author,A Concise History of Jazz published by Mel Bay.
Paperback, £10.50. ISBN 0-7866-4983-6 Visit

Click here to read full review published in Jazz Improv Magazine

Click here to read an extract from A Concise History of Jazz

"The laudable aspects of the book are many...a book of rare insight and educative value." - Luke Harley, Music Teacher.

"A clever and entertaining a gift for a relative or friend who looks like they might just get the bug, this will do fine." - John Truitt, Jazz Review.

"Very readable...wealth of information...exhaustively researched...makes the history of jazz seem alive, and something which may be relevant to us, rather than dry academic posturing." - Richard Ingham, Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine.

"An excellent ideal for the classroom as it is for the casual, interested listener." - Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise.

Author, A Concise Guide to Musical Terms, published by Mel Bay.
Paperback, £10.50. ISBN 0-7866-4984-4 Visit

"Editor's Choice." - Richard Edwards, Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine.

A Concise History of Jazz and A Concise Guide to Musical Terms are available from the author. Price £10.50, each plus £1.50 postage and packing within the UK. Overseas purchasers please email for details. Send a cheque or money order payable to 'John Robert Brown', to: John Robert Brown 25, Park Lane Mews Roundhay Park Lane, Leeds LS17 8SN, UK

Author, How to Play Saxophone St Martin's Press, New York.
ISBN 0-312-30049-2 Visit St Martin'

Author, Le Saxophone Sans Professeur,
Purchase from Amazon

Author, Jazz Trumpet Volume 2: Miles Davis,
Purchase at Musicroom

Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine: Browse back issues

John's writing has appeared in:
The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, BASBWE Journal, Blue Band, Classical Music, Crescendo, Double Reed News, Libretto, Jazz Journal, Jazz Review, Melody Maker, Music Teacher, Piano Monthly (Japan), Quest (The Journal of the Queen's English Society).

In his column 'What the Jazz Papers Say' Brian Blain, writing in the May/June issue of JazzUK magazine said:
"I enjoyed the overview of the Leeds music scene by that erudite musician/writer John Robert Brown, which includes the welcome news from Nigel Slee, the newly-appointed bass-playing administrator of Jazz Yorkshire, that the existing voluntary promoters in the region will not be starved of funds for the benefit of 'exciting new projects', the totem around which arts administrators so often dance."

Read the 'Jazz In Leeds' article.

INTERVIEW with Randy Brecker and Wynton Marsalis.

Academic papers have been presented in London, and twice at major music education conferences in New York.

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