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by: Nolan, Tom.
Artie Shaw, king of the clarinet : his life and times /
W. W. Norton & Co. 2011, c2010.
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by: Haddix, Chuck.
Bird : the life and music of Charlie Parker /

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by: Cawthra, Benjamin.
Blue notes in black and white : photography and jazz /
University of Chicago Press, 2011.
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by: Terry, Clark.
Clark : the autobiography of Clark Terry /
University of California Press, c2011.
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View DescriptionCompelling from cover to cover, this is the story of one of the most recorded and beloved jazz trumpeters of all time. With unsparing honesty and a superb eye for detail, Clark Terry, born in 1920, takes us from his impoverished childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where jazz could be heard everywhere, to the smoke-filled small clubs and carnivals across the Jim Crow South where he got his start, and on to worldwide acclaim. Terry takes us behind the scenes of jazz history as he introduces scores of legendary greats–Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, and Dianne Reeves, among many others. Terry also reveals much about his own personal life, his experiences with racism, how he helped break the color barrier in 1960 when he joined the Tonight Show band on NBC, and why–at ninety years old–his students from around the world still call and visit him for lessons. — Jacket, [p. 2].
Coltrane on Coltrane : the John Coltrane interviews /
A Cappella Books, c2010.
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by: Leonard, Herman,
Jazz /
Bloomsbury, 2010.
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by: Crouch, Stanley.
Kansas City lightning : the rise and times of Charlie Parker /

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by: Sloane, Kathy,
Keystone Korner : portrait of a jazz club /
Indiana University Press, c2012.
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by: Stricklin, David,
Louis Armstrong : the soundtrack of the American experience /
Ivan R. Dee, c2010.
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by: Henry, Clarence Bernard.
Quincy Jones : his life in music /

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by: Ramsey, Guthrie P.
The amazing Bud Powell : Black genius, jazz history, and the challenge of bebop /
Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, [2013]
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View DescriptionBud Powell was not only one of the greatest bebop pianists of all time, he stands as one of the twentieth century’s most dynamic and fiercely adventurous musical minds. His expansive musicianship, riveting performances, and inventive compositions expanded the bebop idiom and pushed jazz musicians of all stripes to higher standards of performance. Yet Powell remains one of American music’s most misunderstood figures, and the story of his exceptional talent is often overshadowed by his history of alcohol abuse, mental instability, and brutalization at the hands of white authorities.
by: Cooke, Mervyn.
The chronicle of jazz /

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View DescriptionA year-by-year history of people and events, this lively multi-layered account tells the whole story of jazz music and its personalities. The Chronicle of Jazz charts the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and the southern United States to the myriad urban styles heard around the world today, Mervyn Cooke gives us a narrative rich with innovation, experimentation, controversy, and emotion. The book is completely up to date, exploring the exciting recent developments in the world of jazz, from the rise of modern Big Bands and the renaissance of the piano trio to the popular appeal of Jamie Cullum and HBO’s Treme. Featuring hundreds of rare images, from record-cover artwork to pictures of live performances, each chronologically arranged section contains special box features on such topics as the unique tonal qualities of the bass clarinet, jazz clubs in Paris, personality sketches, and seminal gigs and albums. A substantial reference section features information on international jazz festivals, a glossary of musical terms, biographies of musicians, and extensive discography, and further reading. A celebration of the most imaginative and enduring music of the last 120 years, The Chronicle of Jazz is an essential work of reference for all music lovers.

by: ONeal, Hank.
The ghosts of Harlem : sessions with jazz legends /
Vanderbilt University Press, c2009.
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by: Gioia, Ted.
The jazz standards : a guide to the repertoire /
Oxford University Press, c2012.
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by: Whitehead, Kevin.
Why jazz : a concise guide /
Oxford University Press, 2011.
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