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  • Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boastsby Harriet Vyner; Jools Holland

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 15.50

    Jools Holland has had a fascinating life. From playing on bomb sites as a boy in the East End, to skiving off school and then selling millions of records with Squeeze, the first twenty years of his life were eventful, chaotic and colourful. Then came The Tube with Paula Yates, the seminal live music programme that propelled him to fame. Over the following... more...

  • Slowing Downby George Melly

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    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...

  • Young Man with a Hornby Dorothy Baker; Gary Giddins

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 16.95

    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...

  • What It Isby Dave Liebman; Lewis Porter

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 38.99

    Dave Liebman is one of the leading forces in contemporary jazz. Prominently known for performing with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, he has exerted considerable influence as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, author, and educator. In What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist , friend, pianist, and noted jazz scholar Lewis Porter conducts a series... more...

  • The Last Balladeerby Gregg Akkerman

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    In The Last Balladeer , author Gregg Akkerman skillfully reveals the life-long achievements and occasional missteps of Johnny Hartman as an African-American artist dedicated to his craft. In the first full-length biography and discography to chronicle the rhapsodic life and music of Johnny Hartman, the author completes a previously missing dimension... more...

  • Louis Armstrongby Laurence Bergreen

    Crown/Archetype 2012; US$ 27.00

    Louis Armstrong was the founding father of jazz and one of this century's towering cultural figures, yet the full story of his extravagant life has never been told. Born in 1901 to the sixteen-year-old daughter of a slave, he came of age among the prostitutes, pimps, and rag-and-bone merchants of New Orleans.  He married four times and enjoyed countless... more...

  • The Musical World of J.J. Johnsonby Joshua Berrett; III Louis G. Bourgois

    Scarecrow Press 2001; US$ 62.99

    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...

  • Clawing at the Limits of Coolby Salim Washington; Farah Jasmine Griffin

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 7.39

    When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested John Coltrane. What might have seemed like a minor decision at the time would instead set the course not just for each of their careers but for... more...

  • Louis Armstrongby James Lincoln Collier

    Oxford University Press 1985; US$ 49.99

    Louis Armstrong was more than a great entertainer--he was one of the most important musicians of our times, not only a key figure in the history of jazz but also a formative influence on all of twentieth-century popular music. James Lincoln Collier, author of The Making of Jazz chronicles the saga of Armstrong's rise as a musician, providing a unique,... more...

  • Reading Jazzby Robert Gottlieb

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 27.50

    "Comprehensive and intelligently organized. . . .  Jazz aficionados . . . should be grateful to have so much good writing on the subject in one place."-- The New York Times Book Review "Alluring. . . . Capture[s] much of the breadth of the music, as well as the passionate debates it has stirred, more vividly than any other jazz anthology to date."--... more...