The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

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Focusing exclusively on biographies, this jazz encyclopaedia contains portraits of 3300 jazz figures and includes extensive coverage of players in Europe, Japan, Africa and Australia, as well as the United States, Canada and Latin America. Each biographical entry contains basic information about the jazz player involved, including details of which bands or groups the artist played with, major recordings and chief jazz influences.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 738 pages
  • 189.5 x 260.9 x 56.9mm | 1,627.3g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195074181
  • 9780195074185

About Leonard Feather

Leonard Feather, one of the deans of jazz criticism, is a widely respected figure in jazz writing. He moved to New York from England in the 1930s and made a significant career in jazz here as a journalist, producer, lecturer, broadcaster, musician, and writer of hundreds of jazz compositions. After founding The Encyclopedia of Jazz series in the mid 1950s, he moved to California, becoming the jazz columnist for the Los Angeles Times and The Book of Jazz. Leonard Feather died in 1994. Ira Gitler's writing has helped illuminate the jazz scene from 1951, when he wrote the first of countless album and CD annotations. He was the New York editor of Downbeat in the 1960s and continues to contribute to that publication, as well as to JazzTimes and Internet publications. His credits as a producer include recordings and concerts, and he teaches jazz history at the Manhattan School of Music. His books include the highly acclaimed Jazz Masters of the '40s and Swing to Bop, the latter written while hw was a Guggenheim fellow. He lives in New York City.show more

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"A welcome sight for musicians, fans, and educators....Feather and Gitler's magnum opus is a fitting capstone to a magnificent century of swing, and a prophecy book foretelling the shapers of jazz to come."--DownBeat "A welcome sight for musicians, fans, and educators....Feather and Gitler's magnum opus is a fitting capstone to a magnificent century of swing, and a prophecy book foretelling the shapers of jazz to come."--DownBeat "A welcome sight for musicians, fans, and educators....Feather and Gitler's magnum opus is a fitting capstone to a magnificent century of swing, and a prophecy book foretelling the shapers of jazz to come."--DownBeat "A welcome sight for musicians, fans, and educators....Feather and Gitler's magnum opus is a fitting capstone to a magnificent century of swing, and a prophecy book foretelling the shapers of jazz to come."--DownBeatshow more

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