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Jacques Voyemant Septet: Arrival

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Just when it seems everything the trombone has to offer in a jazz setting has been heard, along comes a talent that demands a fresh hearing on its own merit. Jacques Voyemant is that kind of talent, and the group he has assembled provides a finely-honed voice, not only for his distinctive trombone sound, but for ...

Conjunto Jardin: Yerba Buena

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Conjunto Jardin
Yerba Buena

Trova
2008

Son jarocho is the captivating sound of Veracruz, a Mexican state that sits prominently on the Gulf of Mexico. The city of Veracruz has been an important port for nearly five centuries, serving as a point of entry for cultural influences from Africa, the ...

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Being Prez: The Life & Music of Lester Young

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Being Prez: The Life & Music of Lester Young
Dave Gelly
Hardcover; 170 pages.
ISBN: 978 0195334777
Oxford University Press
2008



A New History of Jazz, arguably the seminal jazz history text, was written in 2001 by Alyn Shipton, a Brit. ...

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Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker

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Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker

Brian Priestley

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19--532709-0

2007

Brian Priestley is a recorded jazz pianist and arranger with extensive British jazz-radio experience to boot, and discovering that a biographer is himself a musician tends to impress me. Priestley ...

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The Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz

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The Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz
Leonard Feathter & Ira Gitler
ISBN 978-19-532000-8
Oxford University Press
2007

When I was asked to review Leonard Feather & Ira Gitler's Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz, I jumped at the chance. My copy of Feather's original 1984 tome is dog-eared and ...

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The Ragtime Kid

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The Ragtime Kid
Larry Karp
Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 10: 1-59058-326-4
ISBN: 13: 978-1-59058-326-5
2007

“Brun Campbell heard a piano, and that was all she wrote. Any time Brun heard a piano, that was all she ever wrote. The piano was Brun's one true love, and ...

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Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia

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Richard Cook
Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia
Penguin
ISBN-10: 0141026464
ISBN-13: 978-0141026466
2007



Why, you may be asking, do we need another jazz encyclopedia? Leonard Feather's original 1955 tome, published in eleven editions between then and 1984, is still kicking around, and besides, Ira Gitler ...

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Django Reinhardt And The Illustrated History Of Gypsy Jazz

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Django Reinhardt And The Illustrated History Of Gypsy Jazz
Michael Dregni, with Alain Antonietto and Anne Legrand
Speck Press
ISBN: 10: 1-933108-10-x
ISBN: 13: 978-1-933108-10-0
2007

My middle-aged son is an orthopaedic surgeon, after-hours jazz musician and lover of Gypsy swing in general (and ...

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Nicky's Jazz Christmas

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Nicky's Jazz Christmas
Carol Friedman
Hardcover; 24 pages
ISBN: 1576873412
PowerHouse Books
2006

The question “Where will the next generation of jazz fans come from? is never far beneath the surface at Jazz Forums and lists I frequent. To address this issue, many musicians, such as ...

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Roger Kellaway: I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook

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I must confess that I have never cultivated much knowledge about or particular interest in the singing of Bobby Darin. On the other hand, I am most interested in Roger Kellaway, the mention of whose name instantly pricks up my ears. Kellaway is a pianist and composer as phenomenally talented as he is under-recognized.

After playing ...