Blue Note Records will soon begin releasing heretofore unreleased videos of world-acclaimed jazz stars.
Slated for release are nine performances by famous musicians either in studio or concert settings. Included are Quincy Jones, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk and Count Basie. The release date is September.
From the exiled Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet and literary critic Ngugl wa Thiong'o comes "Wizard of the Crow" (Pantheon, $30), a magisterial comic novel that is certain to take its place as a landmark of postcolonial African literature.