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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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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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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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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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Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
by Terry Teachout
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A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century — and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom... (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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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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Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (Da Capo Paperback)
Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (Da Capo Paperback)
by Robert Geor Reisner
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For this first full-length reminiscence, Reisner interviewed eighty-one of Parker's friends, relatives, and fellow performers. From Charlie Mingus, one of the few real innovators since Bird, and Dizzy Gillespie, whom Parker once called 'the other half of... (read more)

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Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans
Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans
by Louis Armstrong
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”In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals whod stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those... (read more)

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Too Marvelous for Words: The Life and Genius of Art Tatum
Too Marvelous for Words: The Life and Genius of Art Tatum
by James Lester
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No less a talent than Oscar Peterson remembers that after first hearing Tatum, "I gave up the piano for two solid months, and I had crying fits at night." And Les Paul remarked that after hearing Tatum for the first time, he quit piano completely and... (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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Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Da Capo Paperback)
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Da Capo Paperback)
by George Thomas Simon
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Moonlight Serenade, Sunrise Serenade, Little Brown Jug, In the Mood... These and other memorable tunes endeared Glenn Miller to millions in the Swing Era and all who recall those times. After playing trombone and arranging for leading orchestras of the... (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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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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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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