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

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Courier Corporation, 1966 - Music - 429 pages

"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." ? Charlie Parker
"What is jazz? The rhythm ? the feeling." ? Coleman Hawkins
"The best sound usually comes the first time you do something. If it's spontaneous, it's going to be rough, not clean, but it's going to have the spirit which is the essence of jazz." ? Dave Brubeck
Here, in their own words, such famous jazz musicians as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Bunk Johnson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Clarence Williams, Jo Jones, Jelly Roll Morton, Mezz Mezzrow, Billie Holiday, and many others recall the birth, growth, and changes in jazz over the years. From its beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century in the red-light district in New Orleans (or Storyville, as it came to be known), to Chicago's Downtown section and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Chicago's South Side to jam sessions in Kansas City to Harlem during the Depression years, the West Coast and modern developments, the story of jazz is vividly and colorfully documented in hundreds of personal interviews, letters, tape recorded and telephone conversations, and excerpts from previously printed articles that appeared in books and magazines.
There is no more fascinating and lively history of jazz than this firsthand telling by the men who made it. It should be read and re-read by all jazz enthusiasts, musicians, students of music and culture, students of American history, and other readers. "A lively book bearing the stamp of honesty and naturalness." ? Library Journal. "A work of considerable substance." ? The New Yorker. "Some of the quotations are a bit racy but they give the book a wonderful flavor." ? San Francisco Chronicle.


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Yes, this is The Story of Jazz by the Men Who Made It, but add the ladies and the people who are making it right now and you have a fuller picture. This is recollection of the journey of jazz from New ... Read full review

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Stories told by jazz musicians are always fascinating, and this book is one of the best collections of them out there. I've owned this book for most of my life and rarely does a year go by that I don't pick it up and read at least a few passages. Most of the greats are represented here, and their words are golden.  


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.

About the author (1966)

Nathan Irving Hentoff was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 10, 1925. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1946. After several years with a Boston radio station, he moved to New York in 1953 and covered jazz for Down Beat until 1957. In 1958, he was a founding editor of The Jazz Review that lasted until 1961. He wrote for The New Yorker from 1960 to 1986, for The Washington Post from 1984 to 2000, and for The Village Voice from 1958 to 2009. During his freelance career, his work appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Commonweal, The Reporter, Playboy, The New York Herald Tribune, Jewish World Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times. In 1995, he received the National Press Foundation's award for lifetime achievement in contributions to journalism. He wrote more than 35 books during his lifetime. His nonfiction works included The Jazz Life, Peace Agitator: The Story of A. J. Muste, The New Equality, Living the Bill of Rights, and Free Speech for Me - but Not for Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other. He wrote several memoirs including Boston Boy and Speaking Freely. In 1955, he co-edited with Nat Shapiro Hear Me Talkin' to Ya: The Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It. His young adult novels included Jazz Country, This School Is Driving Me Crazy, Does This School Have Capital Punishment?, and The Day They Came to Arrest the Book. He died on January 7, 2017 at the age of 91.

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