Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry (George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies)

Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry
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Compelling from cover to cover, this is the story of one of the most recorded and beloved jazz trumpeters of all time. With unsparing honesty and a superb eye for detail, Clark Terry, born in 1920, takes us from his impoverished childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where jazz could be heard everywhere, to the smoke-filled small clubs and carnivals across the Jim Crow South where he got his start, and on to worldwide acclaim. Terry takes us behind the scenes of jazz history as he introduces scores of legendary greats―Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Doc Severinsen, Ray….

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Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making (Roth Family Foundation Music in America Imprint)

Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making
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Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) was one of jazz’s greatest and most enigmatic figures. As a composer, pianist, and bandleader, Monk both extended the piano tradition known as Harlem stride and was at the center of modern jazz’s creation during the 1940s, setting the stage for the experimentalism of the 1960s and ’70s. This pathbreaking study combines cultural theory, biography, and musical analysis to shed new light on Monk’s music and on the jazz canon itself. Gabriel Solis shows how the work of this stubbornly nonconformist composer emerged from the jazz world’s fringes to find a central place in its canon. Solis….

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