Soloists and Sidemen

  • Filename: soloists-and-sidemen.
  • ISBN: 0953704041
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 233
  • Author: Peter Vacher
  • Publisher:

This book captures the voices and evokes the life stories of American musicians who recorded with great jazz stars and in famous orchestras such as those of Ellington, Basie, Crosby, Calloway and Hampton. The musicians featured by well-known jazz writer Peter Vacher include: Milt Buckner, Cozy Cole, Willie Cook, Kenny Davern, Harry Edison, Teddy Edwards, Art Farner, Scott Hamilton, John Hicks, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Eddie Miller, Harold Minerve, Grover Mitchell, Vi Redd, Hal Singer, Warren Vache, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Benny Waters and Britt Woodman. There are 117 photos including many rare and previously unpublished.

Social Networks and Music Worlds

  • Filename: social-networks-and-music-worlds.
  • ISBN: 9781317964766
  • Release Date: 2014-09-19
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: Nick Crossley
  • Publisher: Routledge

Social networks are critical for the creation and consumption of music. This edited collection, Social Networks and Music Worlds, introduces students and scholars of music in society to the core concepts and tools of social network analysis. The collection showcases the use of these tools by sociologists, historians and musicologists, examining a variety of distinct 'music worlds', including post-punk, jazz, rap, folk, classical music, Ladyfest and the world of 'open mic' performances, on a number of different scales (local, national and international). In addition to their overarching Introduction, the editors offer a very clear and detailed introduction to the methodology of social network analysis for the uninitiated. The collection builds upon insights from canonic texts in the sociology of music, with the crucial innovation of examining musical network interaction via formal methods. With network analysis in the arts and humanities at an emergent stage, Social Networks and Music Worlds highlights its possibilities for non-scientists. Contributions hail from leading and emerging scholars who present social network graphs and data to represent different music worlds, locating individuals, resources and styles within them. The collection sits at the nexus of sociological, musicological and cultural studies traditions. Its range should ensure a large scholarly readership.


  • Filename: ellingtonia.
  • ISBN: 9780585040844
  • Release Date: 2000-01-01
  • Number of pages: 688
  • Author: W. E. Timner
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press

The Blues Encyclopedia

  • Filename: the-blues-encyclopedia.
  • ISBN: 9781135958329
  • Release Date: 2004-07-01
  • Number of pages: 1200
  • Author: Edward Komara
  • Publisher: Routledge

The Blues Encyclopedia is the first full-length authoritative Encyclopedia on the Blues as a musical form. While other books have collected biographies of blues performers, none have taken a scholarly approach. A to Z in format, this Encyclopedia covers not only the performers, but also musical styles, regions, record labels and cultural aspects of the blues, including race and gender issues. Special attention is paid to discographies and bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of the Blues

  • Filename: encyclopedia-of-the-blues.
  • ISBN: 9780415926997
  • Release Date: 2005-10-28
  • Number of pages: 1100
  • Author: Edward Komara
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

This comprehensive two-volume set brings together all aspects of the blues from performers and musical styles to record labels and cultural issues, including regional evolution and history. Organized in an accessible A-to-Z format, the Encyclopedia of the Blues is an essential reference resource for information on this unique American music genre. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of the Blues website.


  • Filename: vibrations.
  • ISBN: 9781317249627
  • Release Date: 2015-11-30
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: David Amram
  • Publisher: Routledge

David Amram has played and rambled and galloped and staggered through a remarkably broad sweep of American life, experience, and creative struggle. The Boston Globe has described him as "the Renaissance man of American Music." Amram and Jack Kerouac collaborated on the first-ever jazz poetry reading in New York City in 1957 as well as the subsequent legendary film Pull My Daisy in 1959, combining Amram's music with Kerouac's narration. Amram, honored as the first Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic, has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber works, written two operas, and has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Dustin Hoffman, Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Nancy Griffith, Johnny Depp, and more. Vibrations is the story of one boy's adventures growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, working odd jobs, misfitting in the U.S. Army, barnstorming through Europe with the famous Seventh Army Symphony, exiling in Paris, scuffling on the Lower East Side, day-laboring-often down but never out-finally emerging as a major musical force. With its stage-setting foreword by Douglas Brinkley and a new afterword by Kerouac biographer Audrey Sprenger, this new edition is not to be missed.

People in the Presence of God

  • Filename: people-in-the-presence-of-god.
  • ISBN: 0310316014
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Number of pages: 356
  • Author: Barry Wayne Liesch
  • Publisher: Zondervan

This one-of-a-kind book offers biblical perspective, historical awareness, musical and artistic sensitivity, authentic reverence, and creative stimulation for anyone who is interested in appreciating and renewing worship according to biblical models.

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

  • Filename: the-biographical-encyclopedia-of-jazz.
  • ISBN: 9780199886401
  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Number of pages: 744
  • Author: the late Leonard Feather
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Do you want to know when Duke Ellington was king of The Cotton Club? Have you ever wondered how old Miles Davis was when he got his first trumpet? From birth dates to gig dates and from recordings to television specials, Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler have left no stone unturned in their quest for accurate, detailed information on the careers of 3.300 jazz musicians from around the world. We learn that Duke Ellington worked his magic at The Cotton Club from 1927 to 1931, and that on Miles Davis's thirteenth birthday, his father gave him his first trumpet. Jazz is fast moving, and this edition clearly and concisely maps out an often dizzying web of professional associations. We find, for instance, that when Miles Davis was a St. Louis teenager he encountered Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie for the first time. This meeting proved fateful, and by 1945 a nineteen-year-old Davis had left Juilliard to play with Parker on 52nd Street. Knowledge of these professional alliances, along with the countless others chronicled in this book, are central to tracing the development of significant jazz movements, such as the "cool jazz" that became one of Miles Davis's hallmarks. Arranged alphabetically according to last name, each entry of this book chronologically lists the highlights of every jazz musician's career. Highly accessible and vigorously researched, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz is, quite simply, the most comprehensive jazz encyclopedia available.

The Grand Ole Opry Murders

  • Filename: the-grand-ole-opry-murders.
  • ISBN: 9789049982560
  • Release Date: 2012-12-18
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Marvin Kaye
  • Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers

In a famous Nashville family, a deadly feud is as much a tradition as country music Hilary Quayle has never done public relations for a country-western client, but Amanda Boulder’s songwriting is beautiful, her voice is pure, and her career is in bad need of a good publicist. But there’s one thing standing in the way of a great solo career: the rest of the Boulder family. The Boulders have been touring for eight decades, ever since old Pappy Boulder first picked up a fiddle. Hilary sends her assistant, Gene, to join up with the traveling Boulder Clan bluegrass musicians as they make their way to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry. But before Amanda’s budding solo career can put an end to the family business, someone decides to put an end to her. She’s onstage at the Opry when the poison hits. And when Hilary Quayle gets to Nashville, she’ll learn that Southern hospitality and murder can go hand-in-hand.

Where the Buffalo Roam

  • Filename: where-the-buffalo-roam.
  • ISBN: 0226510964
  • Release Date: 1992-01
  • Number of pages: 204
  • Author: Anne Matthews
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In 1987 Frank and Deborah Popper proposed a bold solution to the decline of America's Great Plains: create a vast nature preserve by returning 139,000 square miles in ten states to prairie and reintroducing the buffalo that once roamed there. In Where the Buffalo Roam, Anne Matthews follows the Poppers from Montana to Texas as they try to sell their idea called the Buffalo Commons; in the process, she introduces us to the people who love these arid windswept lands. This edition includes a new foreword by environmental historian Donald Worster. Matthews's new afterword describes how with growing support from Native Americans and private groups like the Nature Conservancy, the Poppers' dream of a Buffalo Commons is becoming a reality. "An admirably crafted book, as poignant and entertaining as it is informative."—Seattle Times "A priceless piece of Americana."—The Boston Globe "Matthew's delightful account of the Poppers, their proposal and the controversy surrounding it does focus new attention on the region and its problems."—The Philadelphia Inquirer "Bright, active, effective journalism. . . . An extremely savvy overlook of the dilemmas of the Great Plains."—Wallace Stegner

The guide to classic recorded jazz

  • Filename: the-guide-to-classic-recorded-jazz.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015033624282
  • Release Date: 1995-03-01
  • Number of pages: 391
  • Author: Tom Piazza
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press

In a single source, this book serves as a field guide to available recordings as well as a highly accessible vision of the development and sound of the music, one that will give the reader some sense of what musicians think about when they play, what kinds of demands are placed on them, and what kinds of solutions they have to come up with.

Mixed Messages

  • Filename: mixed-messages.
  • ISBN: 1907869484
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 314
  • Author: Peter Vacher
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications

From journeymen musicians to stars with many albums to their name, 'Mixed Messages' includes interviews with 21 American jazz musicians, ranging from trombonist Louis Nelson, who was born in 1902, to the New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis, who is still playing.

Saxophone soloists and their music 1844 1985

  • Filename: saxophone-soloists-and-their-music-1844-1985.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015009701239
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Harry R. Gee
  • Publisher:

Gilt decorated blue cloth. Fine. A superb copy of an exhaustive reference to the world of saxophone performance. Includes biographies, bibliographies, discographies, etc. An excellent and essential saxophone reference. The only book of it's kind among the few published titles dealing with the saxophone.

When the music mattered

  • Filename: when-the-music-mattered.
  • ISBN: UOM:49015000724154
  • Release Date: 1984-01
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Bruce Pollock
  • Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984

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