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- Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available
George Melly is 79 nudging 80. You'll probably think, 'That's not old these days'. And it's true, George is still swinging and singing, fly-fishing, flirting, and for now just playing at senility. But it's not as if he were the Queen Mother. He walks very slowly nowadays. He's losing control over his bladder, and his bowels. He no longer, being quite... more...
- New York Review Books 2012; US$ 14.95
Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him. He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn?t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid. He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York. But while talent... more...
- Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 74.99
Timme Rosenkrantz (1911-1969) was a journalist, author, concert and record producer, broadcaster, and entrepreneur with a consuming passion for jazz and little head for business. He was the first European journalist to cover the jazz scene in Harlem from 1934 to 1969. In this English translation and adaptation of the original Danish-language memoir... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 40.00
In 1957, Eugene Smith, a thirty-eight-year-old magazine photographer, walked out of his comfortable settled world?his longtime well-paying job at Life and the home he shared with his wife and four children in Croton-on-Hudson, New York?to move into a dilapidated, five-story loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue (between Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 28.95
He was always elusive, on and off the stand; like his music, he was constantly moving, incessantly changing. Just as Charlie Parker stood astride the jazz world of the late 40s and 50s, so did John Coltrane in the late 50s and 60s. Trane was a giant of the saxophone and a major composer. His music also influenced rock and classical musicians, such... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 29.95
Always riveting, Space Is the Place is the definitive biography of "one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz" ( The New York Times )?unparalleled for his purposeful outlandishness, a man who exerted a powerful influence over a vast array of artists. Sun Ra?a/k/a Herman Poole "Sonny Blount?was born in Alabama on May... more...
- Quercus 2013; US$ 16.95
From "Hot from Harlem" to "Goldfinger," the story of how a two-bit jazz singer from Cardiff became an immortal icon: In 1954, Shirley Bassey was seventeen years old. She had just returned from a cheesy revue tour called "Hot from Harlem". Depressed, disillusioned and four months? pregnant, she decided that her dream of being a professional singer... more...
- Scarecrow Press 2008; US$ 40.99
In this collection of interviews originally published in CODA magazine, Jazz artists such as Lee Konitz, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, and John Tchicai talk about their dedication to the music and about their careers. Taken together, the interviews offer an insight in the development of jazz. more...
- Scarecrow Press 2001; US$ 54.99
Now in Paperback! J.J. Johnson, known as the spiritual father of modern trombone, has been a notable figure in the history of jazz. His career has embodied virtually every innovation and development in jazz over the past half-century. The first comprehensive biography, filmography, catalog of compositions, and discography of J.J. Johnson. more...