Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians - Jazz

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The World Of Duke Ellington

Stanley Dance

'The ultimate in art is self-expression, not escape.'-Duke Ellington In this fascinating portrait of one of America's greatest musical legends, longtime friend and jazz historian Stanley Dance recounts the life of the incomparable Duk...

Published: Jan 2001

Swing That Music

Louis Armstrong

The first autobiography of a jazz musician, Louis Armstrong's Swing That Music is a milestone in jazz literature. Armstrong wrote most of the biographical material, which is of a different nature and scope than that of his other, late...

Published: Aug 1993

Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniver...

Billie Holiday

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 Holiday's rough-and-tumble Balti...

Published: Jun 2006

Beneath the Underdog: His World as Co...

Charles Mingus

A wild, lyrical, and anguished autobiography, in which Charles Mingus pays short shrift to the facts but plunges to the very bottom of his psyche, coming up for air only when it pleases him. He takes the reader through his childhood i...

Published: Sep 1991

Treat It Gentle: An Autobiography

Sidney Bechet

A legend on both the clarinet and the soprano saxophone, one of the most brilliant exponents of New Orleans jazz, Sidney Bechet (1897–1959) played with such fellow jazz legends as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and...

Published: Mar 2002

Bird Lives!: The High Life And Hard T...

Ross Russell

This work on Charlie 'Bird' Parker offers a picture of not only of the saxophonist-composer as an artist and as a human being, but also of zeitgeist and the musical/social setting that produced him. It shows his complex personality; h...

Published: Mar 1996

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

Terry Teachout

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 ...

Published: Oct 2010

I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiograp...

Nina Simone

A gorgeous, inimitable singer and songwriter, Nina Simone (1933-2003) changed the face of both music and race relations in America. She struck a chord with bluesy jazz ballads like 'Put a Little Sugar in My Bowl' and powerful protest ...

Published: Sep 2003

Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Stray...

David Hajdu

Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle AwardBilly Strayhorn (1915-67) was one of the greatest composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes such standards as 'Take the 'A' Train.' Yet a...

Published: Jun 1997

Raise Up Off Me: A Portrait of Hampto...

Hampton Hawes

Hampton Hawes [1928–1977] was one of jazz's greatest pianists. Among his peers from California the self-taught Hawes was second only to Oscar Peterson. At the time of his celebration as New Star of the Year by downbeat magazine (195...

Published: Oct 2001

Faith In Time: The Life Of Jimmy Scot...

David Ritz

The voice of Jimmy Scott is one of the world's most mesmerizing instruments, transcending gender and age. But its beauty is inextricably entwined with pain, hardship, and tragedy-yet Scott's resilience made his life a story of triumph...

Published: Sep 2003
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