Ted Gioia (born 21 October 1957) is an American jazz critic and music historian who wrote The History of Jazz and Delta Blues, both selected as notable books of the year by The New York Times. Gioia is an editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. He is also a jazz musician and one of the founders of Stanford University's jazz studies program.
Gioia is the author of several other books on music, including West Coast Jazz (1992), The Jazz Standards (2012), and The Birth (and Death) of the Cool (2009). A second fully updated and expanded edition of The History of Jazz was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Love Songs: The Hidden History, published by Oxford University Press in 2015, is a survey of the music of courtship, romance and sexuality; it completes a trilogy of books on the social history of music that also includes Work Songs (2006) and Healing Songs (2006). All three of these books have been honored with the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. In his study of love songs, Gioia contends that key innovations in the history of this music came from Africa and the Middle East. His most recent book, How to Listen to Jazz, was published by Basic Books in May 2016.
The Dallas Morning News has called Ted Gioia "one of the outstanding music historians in America." Three of his books have been honored with the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award. His concept of "post-cool," originally described in his book The Birth (and Death) of the Cool, was selected as one of the "Big Ideas of 2012" by Adbusters magazine. In 2006, Gioia was the first to expose, in an article in the Los Angeles Times, the FBI files on folk and roots music icon Alan Lomax. He founded jazz
Gioia grew up in an Italian-Mexican household in Hawthorne, California, and later earned degrees from Stanford University and Oxford University, as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He served for a period as an adviser to Fortune 500 companies while with the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company. When Gioia worked amidst Silicon Valley's venture capital community on Sand Hill Road, he was known as the "guy with the piano in his office." Gioia is also owner of one of the largest collections of research materials on jazz and ethnic music in the Western United States.
Gioia is the brother of poet Dana Gioia.
- The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, Oxford University Press (2012); OCLC 820009853
- The History of Jazz
- How to Listen to Jazz, Basic Books (2016); OCLC 921864226
- The Birth (and Death) of the Cool, Speck Press (2009); OCLC 318875640
- Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters who Revolutionized American music, Norton (2008); OCLC 212893669
- West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California 1945-1960, Oxford University Press
- The Imperfect Art: Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture, Oxford University Press (1988); OCLC 17327524
- Love Songs: The Hidden History, Oxford University Press (2015); OCLC 880349805, 906023459
- Work Songs, Duke University Press (2006); OCLC 61478791
- Healing Songs, Duke University Press (2006); OCLC 63702993
- Recorded June 9–11, 1986, and October 19, 1987, Menlo Park, California
- Recorded March 31, 1989, and April 7, 1990, San Francisco
- The City is a Chinese Vase (1998)
Selected audio and visual
- The End of The Open Road, Ted Gioia Trio
- "Stella by Starlight
- "A Sunday Waltz"
- "All The Things You Are"
- "Lullaby in G"
- "I Fall in Love too Easily"
- "The Open Road"
- "The End Of The Open Road"
- "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful"
- "Epilogue: Sunday Night"
- "100 Notable Books of 2008," New York Times, November 26, 2008
- "Notable Books of the Year 1998," New York Times, December 6, 1998
- Contemporary Authors, Gale Group; ISSN 0887-3070
Vol. 127 (1989); OCLC 35395922
Vol. 86, new edition (2000); OCLC 43697091
- The International Authors and Writers Who's Who (12th ed.), Ernest Kay (ed.) International Biographical Centre (1991); OCLC 59895267
- The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.) (Gioia is in Vol. 2 of 3), Barry Dean Kernfeld (ed.), Macmillan Publishers (2002); OCLC 46956628
- Who's Who in Entertainment (3rd ed., 1998–1999), Marquis Who's Who (1997); OCLC 54303731
- Who's Who in the West, Marquis Who's Who; OCLC 0896-7709
24th ed., 1994–1995 (1993); OCLC 30525324
25th ed., 1996–1997 (1995); OCLC 33938880
- "Was the Love Song Invented in Africa and the Middle East," by Ted Gioia, The Daily Beast, February 8, 2015
- "Post-Cool," by Ted Gioia, Adbusters, December 15, 2011
- "Come On Feel the Noise," Texas Monthly, September 2016
- Stanford U alumni news
- "Poet Provocateur," by Barbara Ries, The Stanford Magazine, July/August 2000; ISSN 0745-3981
- Official website
- Interview with Ted Gioia (The Atlantic Monthly)
- Ted Gioia discusses his book Delta Blues (video)
- Interview with Ted Gioia on National Public Radio
- Interview with Ted Gioia on JazzWax
- "Changing His Tune: A Jazz Expert Turns to Simpler Songs" - An interview with Ted Gioia by Cynthia Haven (Stanford Magazine, March / April 2007)
- Jonathan Yardley, "All the Right Notes." The Washington Post (Sunday, November 30, 1997; Page X03)
- Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
- Conceptual Fiction
- Great Books Guide
- The New Canon
- Postmodern Mystery
- Fractious Fiction