8 posts for this tag: book review
Book Review: 'Girl Singer,' Mick Carlon
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 … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Girl Singer,’ Mick Carlon"...
Book Review: 'Pressed for All Time' by Michael Jarrett
PRESSED FOR ALL TIME: Producing the Great Jazz Albums From Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday To Miles Davis and Diana Krall ©Michael Jarrett, 2016 University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill pp. 303 with index Michael Jarrett is a published author and jazz authority as well as an English professor at Pennsylvania State University at York, Pa. … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Pressed for All Time’ by Michael Jarrett"...
Book Review: 'King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue'
KING OF JAZZ: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue By James Layton and David Pierce Media History Press 1725 Grand View Ave. Severn, MD 21144 ©2016, pp. 303 This elegant book, 8 ¾ x 11”, comes at a time when the 1930 early Technicolor movie about Paul Whiteman and his band is undergoing a revival. The authors … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue’"...
Book Review: 'Travels with Louis' by Mick Carlon
Travels with Louis By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press LLC © 2012 pp.245, paperback, 5”X7½” This is the second book of its kind by author Mick Carlon. His previous book, Riding on Duke’s Train was about a young African-American boy who is befriended by Duke Ellington and is invited on tour. This book has a similar … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Travels with Louis’ by Mick Carlon"...
Book Review: 'Love for Sale: Pop Music in America' by David Hajdu
LOVE FOR SALE: Pop Music in America David Hajdu Farrar, Strauss and Giroux ©2016 pp. 307 with end notes and index Author of this book, David Hajdu, is a professor of journalism at Columbia University. He’s music critic for The Nation as well as a songwriter and librettist. His biography of Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Love for Sale: Pop Music in America’ by David Hajdu"...
Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff's 'Bop Apocalypse'
Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats & Drugs By Martin Torgoff Da Capo Press ©2016, pp. 393 with bibliography and end notes Martin Torgoff—journalist, author and film-maker—has taken a unique point of view in this book. He has covered the use of recreational and hence illegal drugs in the U. S. since the 1920s until … Continue reading "Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff’s ‘Bop Apocalypse’"...
Book/CD Review: '12 Preludes for Solo Guitar'
12 Preludes for Solo Guitar By Ken Hatfield Music Book and CD Arthur Circle Music While Ken Hatfield’s 12 preludes aren’t exactly in the jazz category, they are lovely pieces in themselves as well as a didactic exercise for guitar student at intermediate or advanced level. Personal disclosure, Hatfield has been a performer at Pensacola’s … Continue reading "Book/CD Review: ’12 Preludes for Solo Guitar’"...
Book Review: 'Anatomy of a Song'
Anatomy of A Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed, Rock, R&B and Pop By Marc Myers Grove Press, New York © 2016, pp.223 For those who aren’t previously acquainted with this writer, Marc Myers is a trained historian who writes about jazz for the Wall Street Journal and also posts daily … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Anatomy of a Song’"...
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