Swing and Big-Band
American Big Bands
Paperback ISBN: 0634080547
This ultimate guide to big bands includes hundreds of entries spanning the history of this American musical style. Each entry contains the band name, its leader, essential personnel, the years it existed, tops hits, and a brief description of the band.
Paperback ISBN: 0679727922
A glimpse into Porter's complex life examines his homosexual affairs, his twenty-plus-year marriage to Linda Lee Thomas, and his Broadway and Hollywood successes from "Anything Goes" to "Kiss Me, Kate."
Songs from the Melting Pot : The Formative Years, 1907-1914
Hardcover ISBN: 0195071883
Describes the early years of the songwriter, who, only a few years after he immigrated to the United States, began writing a series of hit songs that helped to Americanize the musical theater and its audience
Third Ear-The Essential Listening Companion
Paperback ISBN: 0879306009
Written by one of jazz journalism's best and most knowledgeable critics, this book explores the full swing spectrum from its origins in the 1920s through its current retro resurgence. Features intriguing capsule biographies of 400 of the best musicians, from classic artists like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to retro swingers such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, with each artist's most notable CDs reviewed and rated, plus info on film appearances, books, and hard-to-find recordings. Includes insightful essays that explore this music's cultural impact, fun photos and swing memorabilia.