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Australia's musical life has been remarkably diverse. This companion, the most complete reference to Australian music ever, ranges across a wide spectrum, from ancient Aboriginal traditions and European-derived orchestral, operatic, and concert music, to Australian folk, jazz, country, rock, and experimental music. The book's alphabetical entries include biographies of key figures and groups, major musical organizations and companies, musical works, genres, instruments, terms, and some of the historical and cultural contexts within which Australian music can be placed.
A listener's guide to jazz brings together sixty essays on the history, performers, characteristics, and influence of jazz music.
Written by a team of more than 150 contributors working under the direction of Dinah Birch, and ranging in influence from Homer to the Mahabharata, this guide provides the reader with a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of English literature.
This first comprehensive overview of the history of Australian jazz combines over 300 entries that survey a wide range of musicians, bands, venues, and record labels, and includes a series of informative essays that provide a coherent historical context.

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