[JPL] Good Jazz Bios

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 10 22:18:34 EST 2007

Hi Sanna,

I enjoyed the following.......

Louis Armstrong: An Extravangant Life by Laurence Bergreen

Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter by Michelle Mercer

Still Grazing by Hugh Masekela

Let's Get To The Nitty Gritty by Horace Silver

Mister Jelly Roll by Alan Lomax

September In The Rain: The Life Of Nelson Riddle by Peter Levinson

I really enjoyed this book above all.......

Souled American: How Black Music Transformed White Culture by Kevin Phinney 
which goes all the way back to the year the early 17th century and an 
Englishman named Richard Jobson.  It's not a "jazz" biography book but a 
book that deals with music created in this country with a ton of fascinating 
stories and interviews.  Just an amazing read.

Happy Holidays!!!

Bobby Jackson

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> Hi Sanna,
> If you think the recipient would dig some variety, check out Art
> Taylor's Notes and Tones. While it's not really a bio, but rather a
> series of musician to musician interviews that includes Hampton Hawes,
> Sonny Rollins, Miles, Diz, Betty Carter, Elvin Jones, Ornette, Art
> Blakey, Don Cherry and quite a few others. It's one of the more
> insightful reads I've had in a while. Much thanks to Tom Schnabel for
> turning me on to it.
> My best to you and Larry-
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> Hi,
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Sanna
> Sanna Craig / Larry Vuckovich
> Tetrachord Music
> 707-942-9007
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