Jazz Anecdotes

Jazz Anecdotes : Second Time Round

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Ranging from stage fright to stardom, racism to the importance of a good nickname, these stories offer fresh and often hilarious insights into the joys and woes of a jazz musician's life. Topping the bill are such giants of jazz as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Eddie Condon, who seemed to have lived his entire life with the anecdotist in mind. The book is intended for jazz enthusiasts and a wider audience fascinated by colourful characters and the unusual and unique world that jazz inhabits.show more

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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 136.1 x 202.7 x 19.3mm | 328.45g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195071336
  • 9780195071337

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Whether you love it or hate it, there's nothing quite like the world of jazz. Bill Crow's collection of anecdotes from and about famous jazz musicians is a tribute to the 'otherness' of the jazz world. The anecdotes themselves range from the humorous (How can a jazz musician wind up with a million dollars? Start out with two million) to the despairing. As a whole they form an insight into the mysticism of the musicians' lives, hard and funny, desperate and lively. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Bill Crow

Bill Crow is a free-lance musician and a member of the Executive Board of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in New York City. His articles and reviews have appeared in Downbeat, The Jazz Review, and Gene Lees's Jazzletter. He writes a monthly column for Allegro, the newspaper of Local 802.show more

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