[JPL] Good Jazz Bios

George Thomas jazz at vpr.net
Wed Dec 12 14:51:28 EST 2007

Hi Sanna,

I agree on the Desmond book & Ben Ratliff's Coltrane and I know you've got
a great list to choose from, but I just had to add a favorite jazz
musician memoir:

Don Asher "Notes From A Battered Grand" [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich]

50 years of insightful, insider stories about the real life of a jazz
piano player.
Rare to find a musician with this gift of words. Sadly out of print but I was
able to find a copy on www.abebooks.com


Jazz In The Evening with George Thomas
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> I really like the Doug Ramsey bio of Paul Desmond titled "Take Five."

> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 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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