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Duke: A Portrait of Duke Ellington
Duke
A Portrait of Duke Ellington
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393075125
Ellington's genius and enigmatic personality are given equal attention in this in-depth biography of the internationally celebrated composer-musician
Black Music
Black Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0688243444
Essays and critical reviews by the contemporary poet and playwright focus upon the lives, styles, and performances of black jazz musicians
Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael
Stardust Melody
The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael
Paperback      ISBN: 0195168984
Georgia on My Mind, Rockin' Chair, Skylark, Lazybones, and of course the incomparable Star Dust--who else could have composed these classic American songs but Hoagy Carmichael? He remains, for millions, the voice of heartland America, eternal counterpoint to the urban sensibility of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Now, trumpeter and historian Richard M. Sudhalter has penned the first book-length biography of the man Alec Wilder hailed as "the most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented of all the great songwriters--the greatest of the great craftsmen." Stardust Melody follows Carmichael from his roaring-twenties Indiana youth to bandstands and recording studios across the nation, playing piano and singing alongside jazz greats Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and close friends Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong. It illuminates his peak Hollywood years, starring in such films as To Have and Have Not and The Best Years of Our Lives, and on radio, records and TV. With compassionate insight Sudhalter depicts Hoagy's triumphs and tragedies, and his mounting despair as rock-and-roll drowns out and lays waste to the last days of a brilliant career. With an insider's clarity Sudhalter explores the songs themselves, still fresh and appealing while reminding us of our innocent American yesterdays. Drawing on Carmichael's private papers and on interviews with family, friends and colleagues, he reveals that "The Old Music Master" was almost as gifted a wordsmith as a shaper of melodies. In all, Stardust Melody offers a richly textured portrait of one of our greatest musical figures, an inspiring American icon.
Rhythm-A-Ning: Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the '80s
Rhythm-A-Ning
Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the '80s
Paperback      ISBN: 0306809877
"In a companion to his collections Riding on a Blue Note and Faces in the Crowd, Gary Giddins has assembled a mosaic of pieces that provide an essential guide to the jazz world. Moving with ease from s"
Raise Up Off Me: A Portrait of Hampton Hawes
Raise Up Off Me
A Portrait of Hampton Hawes
Paperback      ISBN: 1560253533
Hampton Hawes [1928–1977] was one of jazz's greatest pianists. Among his peers from California the self-taught Hawes was second only to Oscar Peterson. At the time of his celebration as New Star of the Year by downbeat magazine (1956), Hawes was already struggling with a heroin addiction that would lead to his arrest and imprisonment, and the interruption of a brilliant career. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy granted Hawes an Executive Pardon. In eloquent and humorous language Hampton Hawes tells of a life of suffering and redemption that reads like an improbable novel. Gary Giddins has called it "a major contribution to the literature of jazz." This book includes a complete discography and eight pages of photographs.
Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker
Deep in a Dream
The Long Night of Chet Baker
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0679442871
An intriguing portrait of Chet Baker describes the jazz legend's hardscrabble Oklahoma youth, his rise to success in the world of jazz, his long-time addiction to heroin, and his mysterious 1988 death falling from an Amsterdam hotel window. 25,000 first printing.
Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith
Paperback      ISBN: 1899791701
Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
Open Sky
Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
Paperback      ISBN: 0306809885
Now in paperback: The first-ever biography of one of the legends of modern jazz, written with his full cooperation
Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years
Jazz on Record
The First Sixty Years
Hardcover      ISBN: 0879307552
Jazz historian Yanow comments on recordings of jazz music composed or performed between 1895 and 1975. His descriptions are categorized by era first and artist second. Alongside the discussion of recordings are evaluations of artists' careers and their contributions to music. Yanow is not shy about sharing his opinion, and his enthusiasm for the music is often front and center. His knowledge and coverage are relatively comprehensive. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Reading Jazz
A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Paperback      ISBN: 0679781110
Compiles autobiographical sketches, profiles, and criticism by and about jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane