Multi-talented Jonny King, pianist, composer and a rising star in the Thirtysomething jazz generation, has made a far-reaching contribution to the music in a different vein -- as an author. King has written a fascinating primer called What Jazz Is - - Newcomers and veteran jazz hounds alike will find that it makes many aspects of this often misunderstood music less intimidating."
Ken Franckling, UPI Arts and Entertainment
"...an uncommonly effective introduction for new listeners."
Bob Blumenthal, The Boston Globe
"... remarkably enlightening . - His writing style is concise, informative and informal .. - I'd suggest adding What Jazz Is to your life."
Phil Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner
"...a cogent and insightful analysis ... It is obvious that King has an intimate knowledge of and love for his subject matter. Although an insider, King examines the nuts and bolts of jazz in a nontechnical and user-friendly manner. He demystifies the music, its basic elements, its major artists and primary styles."
Douglas Turner, The Huntsville Times
"There have been many jazz appreciation primers over the years, but none clearer and more accessible than King's...take some time out with King and start cookin' "
Ray Olson, Booklist
"King relates his ideas in an easy friendly prose style not unlike that of one of the most respected jazz writers of an earlier generation - Nat Hentoff... For curious beginners this is an excellent introduction to the often confounding world of jazz."