[JPL] Good Jazz Bios

Claudia Russell crussell at sdccd.edu
Mon Dec 10 21:08:49 EST 2007

Hi Sanna,

I really like the Doug Ramsey bio of Paul Desmond titled "Take Five."  Also,
Jeannie Cheatham autobiography "Meet Me with Your Black Drawers On" is great
read, like sitting around hearing tales.

Claudia Russell 
Program Director
Jazz Host
KSDS 88.3fm Public Radio
1313 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

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I'm looking for a jazz biography to give as a holiday present.  Can anyone
suggest a well-researched, highly readable biography on, for example, Duke
Ellington or Ella or some  of the bop pianists, such as Bill Evans, Bud
Powell, Erroll Garner - or any other jazz biography, for that matter, that
resonated with any of you, and is informative and a good read.  We enjoyed
David Hajdu's book, Lush Life, on Billy Strayhorn and were hoping to find
something equally moving and well-written about some of the other musicians.
We already have biographies on Pres, Diz, Basie, Billie, Miles (at least
three), etc.  It's hard to know which of several biographies on Duke or Ella,
for example, are the best.

You could reply offline.


Sanna Craig / Larry Vuckovich
Tetrachord Music


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