Northway Books is a British publisher based in London, founded in the year 2000. We specialise in jazz and social history.
Social trends in Britain and the influence of the African diaspora are illuminated in Jim Godbolt's A History of Jazz in Britain, 1919-50 (recently reprinted) and in the life stories of Coleridge Goode (Bass Lines), Joe Harriott (Fire in His Soul), and Leslie Thompson (Swing from a Small Island). For those who want to know what jazz is all about, and why it matters, we recommend Graham Collier's magnificent declamations in The Jazz Composer, including 'Jazz happens in real time, once'.
Jazz, radical politics and poetry are combined in Chris Searle's Forward Groove while the remarkable talents and life story of musician and poet Henry Grimes are covered in Music to Silence to Music, written by Barbara Frenz with a foreword by Sonny Rollins.
Other Northway books on the lives of musicians include studies of Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin and saxophonist Peter King, and the lively jazz memoirs of playwright Alan Plater and trumpeter / broadcaster Digby Fairweather. Some of My Best Friends Are Blues by Ronnie Scott with Mike Hennessey, and Music Outside by Ian Carr justifiably remain among our bestsellers.
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