On this week's show, Ted Gioia, musician and author who has published ten non-fiction books, most recently the acclaimed How to Listen to Jazz (Basic Books).
Gioia has been called "one of the outstanding music historians in America" by the Dallas Morning News. He has served on the faculty of Stanford University, and published in many of the leading newspapers, periodicals and websites, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, Music Quarterly, Bookforum, Salon, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Music, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, The Atlantic Monthly, City Journal, The Threepenny Review, PopMatters, and The Hudson Review. He is currently columnist for The Daily Beast.
Gioia is perhaps best known as the author of The History of Jazz, which has sold more than 100,000 copies and ranks as the bestselling survey of jazz published during the last quarter century.