Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
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A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century—and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world’s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, many of which, like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated….

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Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
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A great artist who was also a good man. A genius born in poverty who became known in every corner of the world. An entertainer who knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts four decades after he cut his first record. Terry Teachout has drawn on a cache of important new sources unavailable to previous biographers to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of Louis Armstrong, the twentieth century’s most influential jazz musician.

Louis Prima (Music in American Life)

Louis Prima (Music in American Life)
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In a career that spanned four decades, Prima infused the grit and grace of Dixieland jazz with swing rhythms, big band sounds, and the first resonances of rock ‘n’ roll as he enthralled audiences with a stage presence steeped in vaudeville tradition. A native of New Orleans, this Guy Lombardo protege known as “The Italian Satchmo” was the country’s smashing new jazz sensation at New York’s Famous Door in the 1930s. He went on to be a successful big band leader and a Vegas nightclub staple, virtually creating the concept of the lounge act. But because Prima, like fellow New….

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Straight Life: The Story Of Art Pepper

Straight Life: The Story Of Art Pepper
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Art Pepper (1925–1982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But his autobiography, Straight Life, is much more than a jazz book—it is one of the most explosive, yet one of the most lyrical, of all autobiographies. This edition is updated with an extensive afterword by Laurie Pepper covering Art Pepper’s last years, and a complete and up-to-date discography by Todd Selbert.