Hear Me Talkin' to Ya: The Story of Jazz as Told by the Men who Made it

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Courier Dover Publications, 1955 - Music - 429 pages
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"A work of considerable substance." The New Yorker. In this marvelous oral history, the words of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Billy Holiday trace the birth, growth, and changes in jazz over the years. Includes excerpts from hundreds of personal interviews, letters, tapes, and articles.
  

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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

I got this for a dollar at the library sale, and it's value has been redeemed by sitting on my toilet for a few months. Let's not even get into how much I hate the title. But there is some cool stories. Read full review

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Well done oral history on the origin and development of the great genre. Read full review

Contents

night stands commercialism and the breakdown of some
3
It was always a musical townspecially The District
4
For every occasiondances funerals parties and
14
The kids were poor and they often improvised their
26
Bunk Johnson King Oliver Louis Armstrong Kid Ory
34
and many more
80
Gang Muggsy Spanier George Wettling and Benny
115
more musicians and thenthe Chicago decline
128
New Yorks second linethe men who played with
269
From Kansas City a musicians town came stories
284
The experimentersThelonius Monk Dizzy Gillespie
335
10 Downtown Fiftysecond Street was the proving ground
359
About a problemnarcotics
371
New sounds from big bandsStan Kenton Woody
383
of the younger jazzmen and some serious composers
391
Coda
405

1o In a Mistthe legendary Bix
140
to Harlem which really jnrnpedon through
167
Ellington plays the piano but his real instrument is
224

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Page 421 - CHARLIE PARKER Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.

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About the author (1955)

Nat Hentoff is an internationally known jazz critic and the only critic ever designated a Jazz Master by the NEA. He is a regular columnist for Jazz.com and the "Wall Street Journal", the United Media Newspaper Syndicate, and the Cato Institute, where he is a senior fellow. His many books include "Jazz Country; Jazz Is; The Jazz Life; Boston Boy: Growing Up with Jazz and Other Rebellious Passions; Living the Bill of Rights"; and the forthcoming "Is This America?

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