Jazz Anecdotes: Second Time Around

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Oxford University Press, 15 ott 2005 - 416 pagine
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When jazz musicians get together, they often delight one another with stories about the great, or merely remarkable, players and singers they've worked with. One good story leads to another until someone says, "Somebody ought to wrie these down!" With Jazz Anecdotes, somebody finally has. Drawing on a rich verbal tradition, bassist and jazz writer Bill Crow has culled stories from a wide variety of sources, including interviews, biographies and a remarkable oral history collection, which resides at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, to paint fascinating and very human portraits of jazz musicians. Organized around general topics--teaching and learning, life on the road, prejudice and discrimination, and the importance of a good nickname--Jazz Anecdotes shows the jazz world as it really is. In this fully updated edition, which contains over 150 new anecdotes and new topics like Hiring and Firing, Crow regales us with new stories of such jazz greats as Benny Goodman, Chet Baker, Ravi Coltrane, Buddy Rich and Paul Desmond. He offers extended sections on old favorites--Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, and the fabulous Eddie Condon, who seems to have lived his entire life with the anecdotist in mind. With its unique blend of sparkling dialogue and historical and social insight, Jazz Anecdotes will delight anyone who loves a good story. It offers a fresh perspective on the joys and hardships of a musician's life as well as a rare glimpse of the personalities who created America's most distinctive music.
 

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Sommario

1 Wild Scenes
3
2 The Word Jazz
20
3 Beginnings
23
4 Inventions
30
5 Pianos
39
6 Teachers and Students
43
7 Stage Fright
50
8 Reading Music
54
24 Nicknames
223
25 Louis Armstrong
233
26 Bessie Smith
243
27 Bix Beiderbecke
247
28 Thomas Fats Waller
254
29 Eddie Condon
259
30 Pee Wee Russell
266
31 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
271

9 Hiring and Firing
59
10 Managers Agents and Bosses
66
11 On the Road
75
12 Arrangers and Arrangements
94
13 Cutting Contests
99
14 52nd Street
110
15 Jazz Records
117
16 Jazz on the Air
131
17 The Welldressed Jazz Musician
138
18 Prejudice
148
19 Songs
160
20 Goofs
165
21 Pranks
174
22 The Puton
189
23 Good Lines
205
32 Benny Goodman
285
33 Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young
298
34 Art Tatum and His Children
307
35 Joe Venuti
315
36 Tommy Dorsey
321
37 Lionel Hampton
326
38 Charlie Parker
331
39 John Birks Gillespie
342
40 Charles Mingus
347
41 Zoot Sims and Al Cohn
352
42 Miles Davis and John Coltrane
357
43 Jokes
363
Acknowledgments
371
Index
379
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Bill Crow is a free-lance musician in the New York City area. He writes a monthly humor column for Allegro, published monthly by Local 802, American Federation of Musicians.

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