|Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology of Vision Monday and 20/20 is reading “The Jazz Standards, A Guide to the Repertoire” by Ted Gioia|
Being a jazz lover, I enjoy biographies of jazz musicians and books that chronicle the history and cultural impact of this original American art form. Right now, I’m reading “The Jazz Standards, A Guide to the Repertoire” by Ted Gioia, which provides the fascinating backstory of many of the most famous songs in the jazz canon. This entertaining book is not just for jazz fans, it’s for anyone interested in learning about the origins of these songs, their writers and the recordings that helped make them famous. Ted Gioia, an award winning writer, is one of the most perceptive and engaging music critics and historians on the scene today. Optical industry readers might recognize Ted’s name, since he is a former optical executive who worked for SOLA and, later, Essilor. At the 2016 Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, he spoke about how companies can foster a culture of creativity, and he interviewed acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap.