[JPL] Thanks for the Good Jazz Bio References

Michelle Mobley michelle_mobley at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 11 17:44:30 EST 2007

Girl you're good!

Thank you so much for the list.  Now I can go back and delete all of the
messages that I was saving so that could make a list myself.

Looks like I have a couple years of reading ahead of me thanks to your
inquiring mind.

Michelle in Peeedro

--- Tetrachord Music <sftreat1 at pacbell.net> wrote:

> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Dear JPL Smarties,
> I appreciate your thoughtful suggestions regarding my query about good jazz
> bios and  related books.  I categorized and alphabetized each of the titles
> you sent me for future reference - since I can't buy them all at once - and
> am sending the compilation to the JPL list with my thanks.  Please see the
> list below.
> May this holiday season be a good one for all of you.
> Sanna
> Sanna Craig / Larry Vuckovich
> Tetrachord Music
> 707-942-9007 
> Biographies & Autobiographies
> Albany, Joe -Low Down by A.J. Albany
> Amram's, David - Upbeat: Nine Lives Of A Musical Cat by David Amram
> Armstrong, Louis - Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong
> Armstrong, Louis - Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life by Laurence Bergreen
> Armstrong, Louis - Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story Of Satchmo by Michael
> Cogswel
> Armstrong, Louis - Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong by Gary Giddins
> Bechet, Sidney - Treat It Gentle by Sidney Bechet
> Beiderbecke, Bix - The Definitive Biography of a Jazz Legend by J.P. Lion &
> G. Page-Fort
> Art Blakey - Art Blakey: Jazz Messenger by Leslie Gourse
> Braxton, Anthony - Forces In Motion by  Graham Locke
> Cheatham, Jeannie  -Meet Me with Your Black Drawers On by Jeannie Cheatham
> Cole, Nat King - Nat King Cole by Daniel Mark Epstein
> Coltrane, John - John Coltrane: His Life & His Music by Lewis Porter
> Coltrane, John - Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff
> Condon, Eddie - We Called It Music by Eddie Condon
> Crosby, Bing - Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams by Gary Giddins
> Desmond, Paul  - Take Five by Doug Ramsey
> Ellington, Duke - The World According to Duke Ellington by Stanley Dance
> Ellington, Duke - The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse
> Ellington, Duke - Ellington: The Early Years by Mark Tucker
> Ellington, Duke - Duke Ellington by Barry Ulanov
> Gillespie, Dizzy - The Life & Times Of John Birks Gillespie by Donald L.
> Maggin 
> Hampton Hawes - Raise Up Off Me by Hampton Hawes
> Herman, Woody - The Leader Of The Band by Gene Lees
> Kaminsky, Max - Jazz Band: My Life In Jazz by Max Kaminsky
> Kirk, Rahsaan - Bright Moments: The life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk,
> by John Kruth
> Masakela, Hugh - Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masakela by Hugh
> Masekela 
> Melly, George - Owning Up by George Melly
> Mezzrow, Milton "Mezz" - Really the Blues by Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow
> Mingus, Charles - Mingus: A Critical biography, by Brian Priestley
> Monk, Thelonious - Straight, No Chaser: Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk
> by Leslie Gourse
> Morgan, Lee - Delightfulee, The Life & Music of Lee Morgan by Jeff McMillan
> Morton - Jelly Roll - Mister Jelly Roll by Alan Lomax
> O'Day, Anita - High Times Hard Times by Anita O'Day
> Parker, Charlie - Chasin' The Bird: The Life & Legacy Of Charlie Parker by
> Brian Priestley
> Pastorious, Jaco - Jaco: The Extraordinary & Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius,
> by Bill Milkowski
> Pepper, Art - Straight Life by Art Pepper
> Puente, Tito - Tito Puente & The Making Of Latin Music by Steven Loza
> Ra, Sun - Space Is The Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra by John Szwed
> Riddle, Nelson - September In The Rain: The Life Of Nelson Riddle by Peter
> Levinson
> Ruff, Willie and Mitchell, Dwike - Willie And Dwike: An American Profile by
> William Zinser 
> Scott, Jimmy - Jimmy Scott:  Faith in Time by David Ritz
> Silver, Horace - Let's Get To The Nitty Gritty by Horace Silver
> Snow, Valaida - High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm: Life & Music of Valaida Snow
> by Mark Miller
> Tristano, Lennie - Lennie Tristano by Eunmi Shim
> Webster, Ben - Someone to Watch Over Me by Frank Buchmann-Moller
> Wilder, Alec - Alec Wilder and His Friends by Whitney Balliett
> Williams, Mary Lou - Morning Glory - A Biography of Mary Lou Williams by
> Linda Dahl
> Jazz Essays/Conversations/Interviews/Compilations
> The 50 Greatest Piano Players Of All Time by Gene Rizzo
> City Of Gabriels: The History Of Jazz In St. Louis, 1895 - 1973 by Dennis
> Owsley  
> Down Beat Hall of Fame Series - first book:  Miles Davis (covers 1950 to
> 1991)
> Duke Ellington Reader by Mark Tucker
> Four Lives in the Be-bop Business by A.B. Spellman
> Hear Me Talkin' to Ya! (Story of Jazz by the Men Who Made It) by Nat Shapiro
> & Nat Hentoff
> Jazz, Black And White: Cats Of Any Color by Gene Lees
> Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music by
> Bob Blumenthal
> Jazz: A History of America's Music by Ken Burns and Geoffrey E. Ward
> Laughter From The Hip by Leonard Feather and Jack Tracy - anecdotal mini
> bios
> Lee Konitz Conversations on the Improviser's Art by Andy Hamilton
> Living with Jazz by  Dan Morgenstern
> Madame Jazz (mini bio of women In jazz) by Leslie Gourse
> Miles, Ornette. Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz by Howard Mandel
> Notes and Tones: Musician to Musician Interviews by Art Taylor
> The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
> Souled American: How Black Music Transformed White Culture by Kevin Phinney
> Talking Jazz by Ben Sidran
> West Coast Jazz by Ted Gioia
> Jazz Mystery Novels
> Real Gone, Horn Gone Blues by bari player Skoot Larson
> Death of a Tenor Man, Looking for Chet, Bird Lives!  and others by drummer
> Bill Moody
> ----------
> From: Tetrachord Music <sftreat1 at pacbell.net>
> Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 17:45:42 -0800
> To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Subject: Good Jazz Bios
> 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

  Michelle Mobley 
  660 West 11th St.
  San Pedro, CA  90731
  michelle_mobley at sbcglobal.net

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