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Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth
Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth
by John Szwed
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The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,andquot;the best music biographer in the businessandquot; (L.A. Weekly). One of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century, Alan Lomax was best known for bringing legendary musicians like... (read more)

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Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
by Stanley Crouch
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Winner of the Prose Award for HumanitiesFinalist for the NAACP Image AwardFinalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy AwardA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year No musician has lived a more transformational, or tragic, life than Charlie Parker, one of the... (read more)

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You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band
You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band
by Bob Gluck
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As the 1960s ended, Herbie Hancock embarked on a grand creative experiment. Having just been dismissed from the celebrated Miles Davis Quintet, he set out on the road, playing with his first touring group as a leader until he eventually formed what... (read more)

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Stan Kenton: This Is an Orchestra! (North Texas Lives of Musicians)
Stan Kenton: This Is an Orchestra! (North Texas Lives of Musicians)
by Michael Sparke
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Stan Kenton (1911andndash;1979) formed his first full orchestra in 1940 and soon drew record-breaking crowds to hear and dance to his exciting sound. He continued to tour and record unrelentingly for the next four decades. Stan Kenton: This Is an... (read more)

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Thelonious Monk (09 Edition)
Thelonious Monk (09 Edition)
by Robin Kelley
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THELONIOUS MONK is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artistand#8217;s struggle to and#8220;make itand#8221; without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history... (read more)

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World on a String: A Musical Memoir
World on a String: A Musical Memoir
by John Pizzarelli
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Behind the scenes in the life of a musician—an exuberant, entertaining memoir from jazz guitarist, singer, and raconteur John Pizzarelli John Pizzarelli, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, is a connoisseur of American song who grew up... (read more)

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Hi-de-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway
Hi-de-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway
by Alyn Shipton
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Clad in white tie and tails, dancing and scatting his way through the "Hi-de-ho" chorus of "Minnie the Moocher," Cab Calloway exuded a warm charm and sophistication that endeared him to legions of fans. In Hi-de-ho: The Life of Cab Calloway, author Alyn... (read more)

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Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
by Stanley Crouch
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No musician has lived a more transformational, or more tragic, life than Charlie Parker, one of the most talented and influential figures of the twentieth century. From the start of his career in the late 1930s, Parker was a new kind of American artist... (read more)

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Chet & Miles
Chet & Miles
by Paolo Fresu
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1987: The photographer Luciano Viti succeeds in what remains one of the most significant events in the history of music photography, that of realising photo- sessions with Miles Davis and Chet Baker, two legends of jazz. During the usual "ten minutes... (read more)

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The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild and Jazz's Secret Muse
The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild and Jazz's Secret Muse
by Hannah Rothschild
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Beautiful, romantic and spirited, Pannonica, known as Nica, named after her father’s favorite moth, was born in 1913 to extraordinary, eccentric privilege and a storied history. The Rothschild family had, in only five generations, risen from the... (read more)

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Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
by David Hajdu
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This is a biography of the brilliant jazz composer and collaborator with Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, who created such classics as Lush Life and Take the A Train, as well as Boo Dah, a piece impossible to sit still to. Strayhorn's life was a... (read more)

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Miles Davis: The Early Years
Miles Davis: The Early Years
by Bill Cole
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Bill Cole's study of the music of Miles Davis covers his career from his first meeting with Charlie Parker up to his experimentation with electric music in the early 1970s. Cole sheds new light not on... (read more)

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Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood
Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood
by A. J. Albany
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A. J. Albany's recollection of life with her father, the great jazz pianist Joe Albany, is the story of one girl's unsentimental education. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, but between gigs he slipped into... (read more)

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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
by Herbie Hancock
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The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time. In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has... (read more)

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Late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney
Late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney
by Ken Crossland
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When people hear the name "Clooney," they automatically think of George Clooney, one of Hollywood's biggest stars. But it was his aunt Rosemary who first catapulted the name into bright lights with a string of hit songs in the 1950s and a starring role... (read more)

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Hi-de-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway
Hi-de-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway
by Alyn Shipton
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Clad in white tie and tails, dancing and scatting his way through the "Hi-de-ho" chorus of "Minnie the Moocher," Cab Calloway exuded a sly charm and sophistication that endeared him to legions of fans. In Hi-de-ho, author Alyn Shipton offers the first... (read more)

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Louis Armstrong's New Orleans
Louis Armstrong's New Orleans
by Thomas Brothers
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Brothers (music, Duke U.) provides a biography of Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), based on sources such as interviews, memoirs, and autobiographies of his contemporaries, and placed in the historical and social context of New Orleans. Brothers examines... (read more)

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Music of the African Diaspora #5: Dead Man Blues: Jelly Roll Morton Way Out West
Music of the African Diaspora #5: Dead Man Blues: Jelly Roll Morton Way Out West
by Phil Pastras
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When Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton sat at the piano in the Library of Congress in May of 1938 to begin his monumental series of interviews with Alan Lomax, he spoke of his years on the West Coast with the nostalgia of a man recalling a golden age, a lost... (read more)

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Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life
Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life
by Wynton Marsalis
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In this beautiful book, Pulitzer Prize—winning musician and composer Wynton Marsalis draws upon lessons hes learned from a lifetime in jazz-lessons that can help us all move to higher ground. With wit and candor he demystifies the music that is... (read more)

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Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism
Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism
by Thomas Brothers
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Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate... (read more)

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