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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
by Herbie Hancock
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Miles: The Autobiography
Miles: The Autobiography
by Miles Davis
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For more than forty years Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles is one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. The subject of several biographies, now Miles speaks... (read more)

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Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper
Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper
by Art Pepper
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Art Pepper (1925–1982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But his autobiography, Straight Life, is much more than a jazz book—it is one of the most explosive, yet one of the most lyrical, of all... (read more)

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Pops the Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong
Pops the Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong
by Terry Teachout
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Louis Armstrong is widely known as the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century. He was a phenomenally gifted and imaginative artist, and an entertainer so irresistibly magnetic that he knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts four decades... (read more)

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Miles
Miles
by Miles Davis
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Timed to the twentieth anniversary of Miles Davis’s death, this is the classic, unfiltered, bestselling autobiography of an American legend. Even twenty years after he died, Miles Davis remains a giant of American music, and one of the most famous... (read more)

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir
The Last Holiday: A Memoir
by Gil Scott Heron
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Before his death in 2011, the great Gil Scott-Heron was enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in popularity and success. His 2010 album, I'm New Here (his first in 16 years), was released to wide acclaim from fans and critics alike, and both of his novels... (read more)

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Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo
Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo
by Michael Cogswell
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One of the most well-known and loved musicians of all time, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong is an American jazz legend. Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo offers an intimate, backstage look at the legendary trumpeter through never before published... (read more)

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You Just Fight for Your Life: The Story of Lester Young
You Just Fight for Your Life: The Story of Lester Young
by Fra Buchmann Moller
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A Danish musician here presents the most accurate, comprehensive work on a major figure in American jazz: Lester Willis Young (1909-1959), better known as `Pres' or `Prez,' from the nickname `President' given to him by Billie Holiday. Based on interviews... (read more)

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Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland
Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland
by Paul de Barros
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In a world dominated by men, Marian McPartland distinguished herself as one of the greatest jazz pianists of her age. Born in the UK as Margaret Marian Turner, Marian McPartland learned to play classical piano, but was passionately... (read more)

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Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
by Terry Teachout
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Louis Armstrong is widely known as the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century. He was a phenomenally gifted and imaginative artist, and an entertainer so irresistibly magnetic that he knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts four... (read more)

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Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man
Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man
by Marcus Baram
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Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters
Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters
by Donald Bogle
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“Mr. Bogle continues to be our most noted black-cinema historian.”—Spike Lee “Donald Bogle [is a] pioneering safe-keeper of the history of blacks in film.”—Vogue From Donald Bogle, author of the bestselling... (read more)

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Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White
Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White
by Tom Sancton
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Visit the book's website at www.otherpress.com/songformyfathers. Tulane Reading Project 2006 Former Time Paris Bureau Chief and bestselling author Tom Sancton returns to the New Orleans of his youth and the music that shaped and guided his life. Song for... (read more)

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Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters
Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters
by Donald Bogle
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“Mr. Bogle continues to be our most noted black-cinema historian.”—Spike Lee “Donald Bogle [is a] pioneering safe-keeper of the history of blacks in film.”—Vogue From Donald Bogle, author of the bestselling... (read more)

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Benson: The Autobiography
Benson: The Autobiography
by George Benson
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Over the course of his fifty-year career, George Benson has performed for hundreds of millions of fans around the world, received ten Grammy Awards, and recorded with some of the most revered musicians of his era. In 2011, he earned a National Endowment... (read more)

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Strange Fruit Billie Holiday Cafe Society & an Early Cry for Civil Rights
Strange Fruit Billie Holiday Cafe Society & an Early Cry for Civil Rights
by David Margolick
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From four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee David Margolick, STRANGE FRUIT explores the story of the memorable civil rights ballad made famous by Billie Holiday in the late 1930s. The song's powerful, evocative lyrics-written by a Jewish communist... (read more)

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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
by Ben Ratliff
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A major work about the great saxophonist—and about the state of jazz. What was the essence of John Coltranes achievement that makes him so prized forty years after his death? What was it about his improvising, his bands, his compositions, his... (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 only on Miles Davis's technique, recordings, and... (read more)

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Groovin' High
Groovin' High
by Alyn Shipton
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Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most important and best-loved musicians in jazz history. With his horn-rimmed glasses, goatee, jive talk, and upraised trumpet bell, he was the hipster who most personified bebop. The musical heir to Louis Armstrong, he... (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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