[JPL] Jazz Bios

Bill Barton seekandlisten at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 18:06:16 EST 2007

There have been some excellent books already recommended here.  I'd add the
following to the list-in-progress:
*1.  Bright Moments* by John Kruth (a very colorfully written biography of
Rahsaan Roland Kirk)
2.  *Rat Race Blues* by Noal Cohen & Michael Fitzgerald (a brilliantly
researched biography of Gigi Gryce - essential)

Bill Barton
*Signal to Noise*
*All About Jazz*

<<From: Tetrachord Music sftreat1 at pacbell.net
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 17:45:42 -0800
Subject: [JPL] Good Jazz Bios

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.

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Sanna Craig / Larry Vuckovich
Tetrachord Music

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