Published since 2005
Fradley Garner is an American freelance writer, editor and translator based in Denmark.
An August 1958 edition of the UK Jazz Journal signed by Lester Young next to his photo on the front wrap, just six months before the iconic saxophonist's death. The signature is tellingly fragile.
An uncommon, signed first edition of Jelly Roll Jabbo and Fats: 19 Portraits In Jazz (1983), a collection of reviews and musicians' profiles by the late jazz writer Whitney Balliett, whose prose graced the pages of the New Yorker magazine for many years.
An original French first edition in of the late Herman Leonard's classic jazz photo collection, L'Oeil Du Jazz (1985), signed by the book's designer, Francis Paudras.
Original vintage photographs signed by Chick Webb, copies of which have been loaned to filmmaker Jeff Kaufman, for his anticipated documentary about the great drummer, The Savoy King: Chick Webb And The Swing Of Harlem.
A first edition of Music on My Mind (1964), Willie The Lion Smith's marvelous memoir, signed by the Lion.
For readers of more modest means, these are also interesting titles:
Chet Baker's harrowing biography, Deep In A Dream, signed by the author, James Gavin, $95.
John Chilton's bio of Billie Holiday, Billie's Blues, signed by the author, $90.
The first biography of Duke Ellington, by Barry Ulanov, 1946 first edition, an advance review copy, $60.
Charlie Parker: His Life & Music by Carl Woideck, $48.
Jazz critic and historian Ted Gioia's first book, The Imperfect Art a nice copy of the first edition, $38.
Jazz In Canada: Fourteen Lives 1982 by Mark Miller, arguably Canada's finest jazz writer, $32.
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