Reading Jazz

Reading Jazz

A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism From 1919 to Now

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Compiles autobiographical sketches, profiles, and criticism by and about jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane

Book News
Over 100 excerpts from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers offer autobiographical glimpses into the lives and music of such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Hoagy Carmichael, and Billie Holiday; as well as more recent figures such as Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton. The following articles focus on specific musicians or performances; many are by composers and performers, but Ralph Ellison and Jean-Paul Sartre are also represented. The critiques tend to be more scholarly and consider such matters as the influence of an entire career or the relationship of jazz to other forms of music. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Here is the largest, most comprehensive, and most stimulating collection of writings on jazz ever published.
The first of Reading Jazz's three parts is autobiographical, and in it such central jazz figures as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Art Pepper, Count Basie, Anita O'Day, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, and Cab Calloway reveal their lives and ideas in their highly charged and very persuasive first persons.
Part two is reportorial, encompassing formal profiles - Whitney Balliett's of Earl Hines and Peewee Russell, and Gene Lees's of Bill Evans and Dizzy Gillespie; Lillian Ross's hilarious account of the first Newport Jazz Festival; Ralph Ellison remembering Minton's Playhouse; and both Hampton Hawes and Miles Davis reminiscing about Charlie Parker.
Part three is critical, presenting a wide spectrum of opinion and approach, beginning with the famous 1919 essay by Ernst-Alexandre Ansermet (he conducted the premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring) about jazz in general and Bechet in particular, and proceeding to such eminent writers as Nat Hentoff (on John Coltrane), Gunther Schuller (on Sarah Vaughan), Dan Morgenstern (on Louis Armstrong), Gary Giddins (on "Body and Soul"), Philip Larkin, Albert Murray, Stanley Crouch, LeRoi Jones, and many others.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679442516
Branch Call Number: 785.42 REA
Characteristics: xiii, 1068 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gottlieb, Robert 1931-


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