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Jazz Books - Duke & Dizzy & Jazz Singing (hardcover) - $15 (near Douglas College)


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1.Duke - A Life of Duke Ellington - Terry Teachout (hardcover) $9

A major 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 no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world’s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, many of which, like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady,” remain beloved standards, and he sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing his inner self behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm.

As the biographer of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout is uniquely qualified to tell the story of the public and private lives of Duke Ellington. Duke peels away countless layers of Ellington’s evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about the creative genius who inspired Miles Davis to say, “All the musicians should get together one certain day and get down on their knees and thank Duke.”

2.Dizzy - John Birks Gillespie in His 75th Year - Lee Tanner (hardcover) $13

DIZZY features a rich array of duotone photographs (59 total) that chronicle the career of the late jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie from the 1940s to the present. Produced to commemorate the musician's seventy-fifth birthday in October, 1992, the book includes images by such renowned jazz photographers as Herman Leonard, William P. Gottlieb, & Jeff Sedlik. An award-winning essay & insightful quotations both by & about DIZZY are lovingly woven with the photographs to offer a rare portrait of the man.

3.Jazz Singing America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop & Beyond - Will Friedwald (hardcover) $15

Very useful for reference on jazz singers of the past whose music we are beginning to listen to and appreciate.

Friedwald has written a great book--precisely because it's opinionated, un-pretentious, filled with passionate likes and dislikes. Friedwald has apparently listened to every jazz-sung record in history, and his book makes you want to listen to all of it too--in my case, for the first time. "Jazz Singing" is an education in what to listen for...in how to listen to jazz singing. A wonderful book about an art that seems unfortunately to be dying out--a book that helps, along with all the CD re-issues that thankfully come out, to keep it alive.
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