[JPL] Good Jazz Bios

Bill Anschell billanschell at mindspring.com
Wed Dec 12 16:29:12 EST 2007


I second that.  Not really a bio, but it offers a hilarious inside  
look at life in the jazz trenches.  I consider Asher the Art Tatum of  
jazz humorists.

--Bill

On Dec 12, 2007, at 11:51 AM, George Thomas wrote:

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> Hi Sanna,
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> 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
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> George
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>> I really like the Doug Ramsey bio of Paul Desmond titled "Take Five."
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>> Hi,
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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.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Sanna
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