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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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Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus
Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus
by Charles Mingus
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"An outlandish, brillian biography... (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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Fats Waller
Fats Waller
by Maurice Waller
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Originally published in 1977 and unavailable for years, Fats Waller remains the definitive biography of the famous stride pianist, well-known for his humorous performance style and for composing such jazz classics as "Ain't Misbehavin'". -- Unequalled... (read more)

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Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest
Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest
by Eric Nisenson
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It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city. Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife,... (read more)

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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition
Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition
by Billie Holiday
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Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holidays rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where... (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 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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The Miles Davis Reader: Interviews and Features from Downbeat Magazine (Hall of Fame)
The Miles Davis Reader: Interviews and Features from Downbeat Magazine (Hall of Fame)
by Frank Alkyer
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DownBeat magazine (est. 1939), the bible of "jazz, blues, and beyond," proudly launches the first book in its DownBeat Hall of Fame Series. DownBeat has documented Miles Davis's career like no other journal in the world. From Davis's first DownBeat... (read more)

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Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
by David Margolick
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Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is considered the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first musical assault against racial lynchings. The author discusses his revealing account of the song... (read more)

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Oscar Peterson: The Man and His Jazz
Oscar Peterson: The Man and His Jazz
by Jack Batten
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Called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson released over 200 recordings, won seven Grammy Awards, received the Order of Canada and is considered to have been one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. This new biography... (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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A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe
A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe
by Reid Badger
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In 1919, the world stood at the threshold of the Jazz Age. The man who had ushered it there, however, lay murdered--and would soon plunge from international fame to historical obscurity. It was a fate few would have predicted for James Reese Europe; he... (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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A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
by Ashley Kahn
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Bringing the same fresh and engaging approach to music that characterized his critically acclaimed Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, Ashley Kahn has written an even more illuminating celebration of saxophone legend John Coltrane's... (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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98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music
98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music
by Maceo Parker
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Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a mans journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered... (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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