Soul Jazz is a history of jazz and its reception in the black community in the period from the end of World War II until the end of the Vietnam War. Previous histories reflect the perspective of an integrated America, yet the United States was a segregated country in 1945. The black audience had a very different take on the music and that is the perception explored in Soul Jazz.
Bob Porter is a record producer, writer, and broadcaster in the fields of jazz and blues. He has worked for such prominent record labels as Prestige, Savoy, and Atlantic. He has produced more than one hundred seventy-five albums and several hundred reissues. He has contributed to Down Beat, Jazz Times, and Jazz Journal (London), and currently writes a book review column for the Journal of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors. He is a two-time Grammy winner, was awarded the Marion McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting, and is a member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. He is currently the host of three separate programs on WBGO, Newark.