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Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now


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"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."--Chicago Tribune

No musical idiom has inspired more fine writing than jazz, and nowhere has that writing been presented with greater comprehensiveness and taste than in this glorious collection. In Reading Jazz, editor Robert Gottlieb combs through eighty years of autobiography, reportage, and criticism by the music's greatest players, commentators, and fans to create what is at once a monumental tapestry of jazz history and testimony to the elegance, vigor, and variety of jazz writing.  

        Here are Jelly Roll Morton, recalling the whorehouse piano players of New Orleans in 1902; Whitney Balliett, profiling clarinetist Pee Wee Russell; poet Philip Larkin, with an eloquently dyspeptic jeremiad against bop. Here, too, are the voices of Billie Holiday and Charles Mingus, Albert Murray and Leonard Bernstein, Stanley Crouch and LeRoi Jones, reminiscing, analyzing, celebrating, and settling scores. For anyone who loves the music--or the music of great prose--Reading Jazz is indispensable.  

"The ideal gift for jazzniks and boppers everywhere. . . . It gathers the best and most varied jazz writing of more than a century."--Sunday Times (London)


In this glorious anthology, the editor combs through 80 years of memoir, reportage, and commentary by jazz musicians, critics and fans to create a tapestry of the music's history.



Table of Contents


Jelly Roll Morton

Sidney Bechet

Louis Armstrong

Willie "The Lion" Smith

Duke Ellington

Sonny Greer

Leora Henderson

Art Hodes

Buck Clayton

Hoagy Carmichael

Eddie Condon

Mary Lou Williams

Cab Calloway

Lionel Hampton

John Hammond

Count Basie

Billie Holiday

Mezz Mezzrow

Artie Shaw

Charlie Barnet

Max Gordon

Anita O'Day

Milt Hinton

Art Blakey

Milt Gabler

Miles Davis

Willie Ruff

Art Pepper

Charles Mingus

Hamton Hawes

Paul Desmond

Cecil Taylor

Anthony Braxton


King Oliver: A Very Personal Memoir by Edmond Souchon, M.D.

A Music of the Streets by Fredrick Turner

The Blues of Jimmy by Vincent McHugh

Jack Teagarden by Charles Edward Smith

Even His Feet Look Sad by Whitney Balliett

The Cutting Sessions by Rex Stewart

Thomas “Fats” Waller by John S. Wilson

Sunshine Always Opens Out by Whitney Balliett

The Poet: Bill Evans by Gene Lees

Black Like Him by Francis Davis

The House in the Heart by Bobby Scott

The Big Bands by George T. Simon

Homage to Bunny by George Frazier

The Spirit of Jazz by Otis Ferguson

The Mirror of Swing by Gary Giddins

Jimmie Lunceford by Ralph J. Gleason

Two Rounds of the Battling Dorseys by Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey

Jazz Orchestra in Residence, 1971 by Carol Easton

Flying Home by Rudi Blesh

The Fabulous Gypsy by Gilbert S. McKean

Mintons by Ralph Ellison

Mintons Playhouse by Dizzy Gillespie

At the Hi-De-Ho by Hampton Hawes

Bird by Miles Davis

Waiting for Dizzy by Gene Lees

An Evening with Monk by Dan Morgenstern

Theloious and Me by Orrin Keepnews

John Coltrane by Nat Hentoff

Bessie Smith: Poet by Murray Kempton

Mahalia Jackson by George T. Simon

Lady Day Has Her Say by Billie Holiday

The Untold Story of the International Sweethearts fo Rhythm by Marian McPartland

A Starr is Reborn by Gary Giddins

Moonbeam Moscowitz: Sylvia Syms by Whitney Balliet

The Lindy by Marshall and Jean Stearns

A Night at the Five Spot by Martin Williams

You Dig It, Sir by Lillian Ross

Johnny Green by Fred Hall

Jazz in America by Jean-Paul Sartre

Dont Shoot—Were Americans! by Steve Voce

Goffin, Esquire, and the Moldy Figs by Leonard Feather


Bechet and Jazz Visit Europe, 1919 by Ernst-Alexandre Ansermet

Harpsichords and Jazz Trumpets by Roger Pryor Dodge

Conclusions by Winthrop Sargeant

Has Jazz Influenced the Symphony? by Gene Krupa and Leonard Bernstein

No Jazz is an Island by William Grossman

The Unreal Jazz by Hugues Panassié

All What Jazz? by Philip Larkin

The Musical Achievement by Eric Hobsbawm

King Oliver by Larry Gushee

Bix Beiderbecke by Benny Green

James P. Johnson by Max Harrison

Coleman Hawkins by Dan Morgenstern

Not for the Left Hand Alone by Martin Williams

Time and the Tenor by Graham Colombé

Bop by LeRoi Jones

On Bird, Bird-Watching, and Jazz by Ralph Ellison

Why Did Ellington “Remake” His Masterpiece? by André Hodeir

On the Corner: The Sellout of Miles Davis by Stanley Crouch

Space Is the Place by Gene Santoro

Easy to Love by Dudley Moore

Bessie Smith by Humphrey Lyttelton

Billie Holiday by Benny Green

Cult of the White Goddess by Will Friedwald

Ella Fitzgerald by Henry Pleasants

The Divine Sarah by Gunther Schuller

The Blues as Dance Music by Albert Murray

Local Jazz by James Lincoln Collier

Fifty Years of “Body and Soul” by Gary Giddins

Everycat and Birdland Mon Amor by Francis Davis

Bird Land by Stanley Crouch

Louis Armstrong: an American Genius by Dan Morgenstern

A Bad Idea, Poorly Orrin Keepnews

Product Details

Gottlieb, Robert
Gottlieb, Robert
Gottlieb, Robert
Edited by Robert Gottlieb
History & Criticism *
History and criticism
Jazz musicians
History & Criticism - General
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Jazz -- History and criticism.
Music -- History and criticism.
music;jazz;essays;history;autobiography;music criticism;criticism;interviews;biography
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