Sophisticated Ladies

Sophisticated Ladies : The Great Women of Jazz

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This handsome volume contains the stories of fourteen fabulous women, blues and jazz singers all. Their art reflected their backgrounds--often small, poverty-ridden towns in the South--and the influence of musicians who preceded them. Each singer adapted the culture of jazz and wove it into her own personal style. Jazz historian Leslie Gourse's biographies of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Mildred Bailey, Mabel Mercer, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Cassandra Wilson, and Diana Krall offer a fascinating glimpse into American history and a continually evolving musical genre.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 195.6 x 259.1 x 12.7mm | 430.92g
  • Dutton Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0525471987
  • 9780525471981
  • 2,055,181

About Leslie Gourse

Leslie Gourse, a noted jazz historian, was the author of many books foradults. She died in 2004. Martin French's artwork has wonnumerous awards, including a GoldMedal from the Society of Illustrators.He lives in Oregon.show more

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"Jazz historian Gourse...combines with illustrator French to produce an attractive and informative overview of female jazz singers. This volume will be popular with middle-grade report writers, but it also belongs in the hands of young people interested in jazz...." --Booklistshow more

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