In ‘The Jazz Bug’, the author has recounted the history of jazz music from before its birth. In this concise narration, he describes the genre’s exciting years of growth in USA from its earliest roots infused with African traditions to the emergence of an altogether new genre of music, over a hundred years ago. The book brings to life, the deep emotions that were welling inside the earliest creators of this music, living in an alien country far removed from their own homes. This dislocation in their lives eventually gave rise to what we today call Jazz. The author believes that, a brilliant and established art form such as Jazz, with its wonderfully varied and intricate sounds merits a large following in India. Thus, greater promotional efforts to make it better known would be a welcome path to its popularity in this country where this music has been languishing and now almost forgotten despite its former widespread following up to the decade of the ‘60s. ‘The Jazz Bug’ was thus written with this in mind as also with the author’s particular desire to create, through this book, a lasting interest in this music specifically amongst the younger generation.