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You Can't Steal a Gift: Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and Nat

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In this wise, stimulating, and deeply personal book, an eminent jazz chronicler writes of his encounters with four great black musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and Nat "King" Cole. Equal parts memoir, oral history, and commentary, each of the main chapters is a minibiography, weaving together conversations Gene Lees had with the musicians and their families, friends, and associates over a period of several decades.

Lees begins the book with an essay that tells of his introduction to the world of jazz and his reaction to racism in the United States when he emigrated from Canada in 1955. The underlying theme in his book is the impact racism had on the four musicians lives and careers and their determination to overcome it. As Lees writes, “No white person can even begin to understand the black experience in the United States. . . . All [of the four jazz makers] are men who had every reason to embrace bitterness—and didnt.”

Synopsis:

In this wise, stimulating, and deeply personal book, an eminent jazz chronicler writes of his encounters with four great black musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and Nat "King" Cole. Equal parts memoir, oral history, and commentary, each of the main chapters is a minibiography, weaving together conversations Gene Lees had with the musicians over a period of several decades. Illustrations.

About the Author

Gene Lees is the publisher of the Jazzletter. He is also a song lyricist and the author of more than a dozen volumes of jazz history and criticism, including the highly acclaimed Cats of Any Color: Jazz Black and White.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300089653
Subtitle:
Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and Nat
Foreword:
Hentoff, Nat
Foreword by:
Hentoff, Nat
Foreword:
Hentoff, Nat
Author:
Lees, Gene
Author:
Hentoff, Nat
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Subject:
United States Race relations History.
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20011011
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 b/w illus.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1.11 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this wise, stimulating, and deeply personal book, an eminent jazz chronicler writes of his encounters with four great black musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and Nat "King" Cole. Equal parts memoir, oral history, and commentary, each of the main chapters is a minibiography, weaving together conversations Gene Lees had with the musicians over a period of several decades. Illustrations.
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