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

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Courier Corporation, 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


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

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

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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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