Giants of jazz

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Crowell, 1975 - Music - 210 pages
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Brief biographies of thirteen jazz musicians who have made major contributions to the development of this form of music.

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User Review  - Foster Dickson - Goodreads

I picked up this book because I really liked Studs Terkel's interviews in books like "Hard Times" and "Working," but this one was altogether different. It wasn't bad, but it read more like a middle ... Read full review

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User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

Short biographies of the great jazz musicians. The book in general has a few too many hyperboles. Terkel focuses on the personalities of these "giants" and how they changed what was accepted as jazz ... Read full review

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About the author (1975)

Studs Terkel was an actor, writer, and radio host. He was born Louis Terkel on May 16, 1912 in New York City. He took his name from the James T. Farrell novel, Studs Lonigan. Terkel attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a law degree in 1934. Terkel acted in local stage productions and on radio dramas until he began one of the first television programs, an unscripted show called Studs Place in the early 1950s. In 1952, Terkel began Studs Terkel's Almanac on radio station WFMT in Chicago. Terkel compiled a series of books based on oral histories that defined America in the 20th Century. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do received a National Book Award nomination in 1975. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1985. Working was turned into a hit musical in 1978. Terkel was named the Communicator of the Year by the University of Chicago in 1969. He also won a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism in 1980 and the National Book Foundation Medal for contributions to American letters in 1997. He died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96.

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