Jazz Anecdotes

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Oxford University Press, 1990 - 350 Seiten
When jazz musicians get together, they often delight one another with stories about the great, or merely remarkable, players and singers they've worked with. One good story leads to another until someone says, amid the laughter, "Somebody ought to write these down!" With Jazz Anecdotes, somebody finally has.
Drawing on a rich verbal tradition, bassist and jazz writer Bill Crow has culled stories from interviews, biographies and autobiographies, the remarkable collection of oral histories compiled by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, and his own columns to paint fascinating and very human portraits of jazz musicians. Organized around general topics--teaching and learning, stage fright, life on the road, prejudice and discrimination, and the importance of a good nickname--Jazz Anecdotes shows the jazz world as it really is and suggests why it gives its devotees a kick like no other. In addition, it offers extended sections on jazz greats such as Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and the fabulous Eddie Condon, who seems to have lived his entire life with the anecdotist in mind.
With its unique blend of sparkling dialogue and historical and social insight, Jazz Anecdotes will delight anyone who loves a good story. It offers a fresh perspective on the joys and hardships of a musician's life as well as a rare glimpse of the personalities who created America's most distinctive music.
 

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Inhalt

Wild Scenes
3
The Word Jazz
19
Beginnings
22
Inventions
29
Pianos
37
Teachers and Students
40
Stage Fright
46
Reading Music
49
Nicknames
197
Louis Armstrong
206
Bessie Smith
217
Bix Beiderbecke
220
Thomas Fats Waller
227
Eddie Condon
232
Pee Wee Russell
239
3I Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
243

Hiring and Firing
54
Managers Agents and Bosses
61
On the Road
69
Arrangers and Arrangements
84
Cutting Contests
89
52nd Street
100
Jazz Records
106
Jazz on the Air
119
The Welldressed Jazz Musician
123
Prejudice
132
Songs
143
Goofs
148
Pranks
156
The Puton
170
Good Lines
183
Benny Goodman
255
Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young
266
Art Tatum and His Children
275
Joe Venuti
282
Tommy Dorsey
287
Lionel Hampton
292
Charlie Parker
297
John Birks Gillespie
308
Charles Mingus
313
Zoot Sims and Al Cohn
317
Miles Davis and John Coltrane
322
Jokes
326
Acknowledgments
333
Index
339
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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.

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