American jazz is a religion, it is humor, it is vitality and sadness, and it is people. "Jazz Street" is not a 'who-played-where-in-what-style' almanac, nor is it a gimmicky, romanticized tour of American nightspots. Rather, "Jazz Street" explores, as no other book ever has, the infinite variety and essence of the jazz world. It commits itself to no one place, musician or school.
'Faces', the main section of the book, is an unsentimental look at the men and woman of the early jazz scene: close-up, contextualized within their families and homes, jamming after hours for kicks, working in smoky cellars and formal recital halls, commuting home from their jobs in the pre-dawn darkness. Some of the images depict familiar idols, including Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, but Stock also captured other musicians who were just as influential, now obscure and long forgotten.
Improvisation, the guiding force of jazz, is the theme of this remarkable book, which will be hailed by musicians, jazz fans, and everyone who responds to fine photography.
Size: 11 1/4 x 8 3/4"
Publisher: Doubleday & Company (New York, 1960)