August 16, 2018

Jeru’s Journey The Life and Music of Gerry Mulligan By Sanford Josephson Hal Leonard Books, pp.213 © 2018 Paperback Jeru’s Journey is the first definitive biography of Gerry Mulligan. Most jazz fans likely know him as an outstanding baritone saxophone player but he was much more than that — arranger, composer and even a sometime[…]

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March 19, 2018

Jazz Greats Speak; Interviews with Master Musicians Roland Baggenaes, Author Scarecrow Press, Inc. Pp. 139; paperback © 2008 by Rowland Baggenaes There was a sign in the medical library of the hospital in which I practiced; it stated: Any Book Is New Until You’ve Read It. And, that may also apply to this review. The[…]

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September 11, 2017

Good Things Happen Slowly; A Life In and Out of Jazz Fred Hersch Crown Publishing Group © 2017 by Fred Hersch and David Hajdu, pp. 308 Most readers of this column would have, at least, heard of pianist/ group-leader/ composer Fred Hersch. He is now a 61 year old artist who tours and performs world-wide,[…]

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August 11, 2017

FINDING BIX: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend Brendan Wolfe University of Iowa Press pp. 235, © 2017; paperback This is the most recent book about cornetist/pianist/composer Bix Beiderbecke. It is written by a Davenport, Iowa, native, now working at the University of Virginia. Author Brendan Wolfe has a somewhat breezy approach and[…]

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July 19, 2017

Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion by Jason C. Bivins Pp.369 with photos and index © 2015 Oxford University Press This book explores the relationship between religion or spirituality and its influence, if any, on American jazz musicians. Little has been done in attempts to correlate these two. The book is written by a gentleman[…]

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March 11, 2017

Girl Singer By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press © 2015 pp. 164 paperback This is the third novel in the jazzseries for juveniles. The reader follows a 19 year old African-American girl singer.In this fictional account, she meets real-life characters such as bandleader William “Count” Basie, Lester ” Pres” Young, drummer Jo Jones vocalists Billie Holiday[…]

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