American Musicians

American Musicians : Fifty Six Portraits in Jazz

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American Musicians, Whitney Balliett's long-awaited "big book," contains a wealth of jazz profiles he has written for The New Yorker during the past twenty-seven years. He gives us, in this spectacular volume, his famous early portraits of Pee Wee Russell, Red Allen, Earl Hines, and Mary Lou Williams, written in their brilliant twilight years; his reconstructions of the lives of such legends as Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Jack Teagarden, Zoot Sims, and Sidney Catlett; his brief but indelible glimpses into the daily (or nocturnal) lives of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus; and his vivid depictions of such on-the-scene masters as Jim Hall, Ornette Coleman, Stephane Grappelli, Elvin Jones, Art Farmer, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Tommy Flanagan. He also includes his thoughts on such lesser known but invaluable players as Art Hodes, Jabbo Smith, Joe Wilder, Warne Marsh, Gene Bertoncini, and Joe Bushkin. American Musicians is at once a history of jazz, a biographical encyclopedia of many of its most important performers, and a model of American prose."show more

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  • Paperback | 425 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195060881
  • 9780195060881

About Whitney Balliett

About the Author Whitney Balliett has been the jazz critic for The New Yorker since 1957. His other books include Improvising, Night Creature, American Singers, and Barney, Bradley, and more

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