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A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now

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"Comprehensive and intelligently organized. . . .  Jazz aficionados . . . should be grateful to have so much good writing on the subject in one place."--The New York Times Book Review

"Alluring. . . . Capture[s] much of the breadth of the music, as well as the passionate debates it has stirred, more vividly than any other jazz anthology to date."--Chicago Tribune

No musical idiom has inspired more fine writing than jazz, and nowhere has that writing been presented with greater comprehensiveness and taste than in this glorious collection. In Reading Jazz, editor Robert Gottlieb combs through eighty years of autobiography, reportage, and criticism by the music's greatest players, commentators, and fans to create what is at once a monumental tapestry of jazz history and testimony to the elegance, vigor, and variety of jazz writing.  
        Here are Jelly Roll Morton, recalling the whorehouse piano players of New Orleans in 1902; Whitney Balliett, profiling clarinetist Pee Wee Russell; poet Philip Larkin, with an eloquently dyspeptic jeremiad against bop. Here, too, are the voices of Billie Holiday and Charles Mingus, Albert Murray and Leonard Bernstein, Stanley Crouch and LeRoi Jones, reminiscing, analyzing, celebrating, and settling scores. For anyone who loves the music--or the music of great prose--Reading Jazz is indispensable.  

"The ideal gift for jazzniks and boppers everywhere. . . . It gathers the best and most varied jazz writing of more than a century."--Sunday Times (London)

Table of Contents

Jelly Roll Morton
Sidney Bechet
Louis Armstrong
Willie "The Lion" Smith
Duke Ellington
Sonny Greer
Leora Henderson
Art Hodes
Buck Clayton
Hoagy Carmichael
Eddie Condon
Mary Lou Williams
Cab Calloway
Lionel Hampton
John Hammond
Count Basie
Billie Holiday
Mezz Mezzrow
Artie Shaw
Charlie Barnet
Max Gordon
Anita O'Day
Milt Hinton
Art Blakey
Milt Gabler
Miles Davis
Willie Ruff
Art Pepper
Charles Mingus
Hamton Hawes
Paul Desmond
Cecil Taylor
Anthony Braxton

King Oliver: A Very Personal Memoir by Edmond Souchon, M.D.
A Music of the Streets by Fredrick Turner
The Blues of Jimmy by Vincent McHugh
Jack Teagarden by Charles Edward Smith
Even His Feet Look Sad by Whitney Balliett
The Cutting Sessions by Rex Stewart
Thomas “Fats” Waller by John S. Wilson
Sunshine Always Opens Out by Whitney Balliett
The Poet: Bill Evans by Gene Lees
Black Like Him by Francis Davis
The House in the Heart by Bobby Scott
The Big Bands by George T. Simon
Homage to Bunny by George Frazier
The Spirit of Jazz by Otis Ferguson
The Mirror of Swing by Gary Giddins
Jimmie Lunceford by Ralph J. Gleason
Two Rounds of the Battling Dorseys by Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey
Jazz Orchestra in Residence, 1971 by Carol Easton
Flying Home by Rudi Blesh
The Fabulous Gypsy by Gilbert S. McKean
Minton’s by Ralph Ellison
Minton’s Playhouse by Dizzy Gillespie
At the Hi-De-Ho by Hampton Hawes
Bird by Miles Davis
Waiting for Dizzy by Gene Lees
An Evening with Monk by Dan Morgenstern
Theloious and Me by Orrin Keepnews
John Coltrane by Nat Hentoff
Bessie Smith: Poet by Murray Kempton
Mahalia Jackson by George T. Simon
Lady Day Has Her Say by Billie Holiday
The Untold Story of the International Sweethearts fo Rhythm by Marian McPartland
A Starr is Reborn by Gary Giddins
Moonbeam Moscowitz: Sylvia Syms by Whitney Balliet
The Lindy by Marshall and Jean Stearns
A Night at the Five Spot by Martin Williams
You Dig It, Sir by Lillian Ross
Johnny Green by Fred Hall
Jazz in America by Jean-Paul Sartre
Don’t Shoot—We’re Americans! by Steve Voce
Goffin, Esquire, and the Moldy Figs by Leonard Feather

Bechet and Jazz Visit Europe, 1919 by Ernst-Alexandre Ansermet
Harpsichords and Jazz Trumpets by Roger Pryor Dodge
Conclusions by Winthrop Sargeant
Has Jazz Influenced the Symphony? by Gene Krupa and Leonard Bernstein
No Jazz is an Island by William Grossman
The Unreal Jazz by Hugues Panassié
All What Jazz? by Philip Larkin
The Musical Achievement by Eric Hobsbawm
King Oliver by Larry Gushee
Bix Beiderbecke by Benny Green
James P. Johnson by Max Harrison
Coleman Hawkins by Dan Morgenstern
Not for the Left Hand Alone by Martin Williams
Time and the Tenor by Graham Colombé
Bop by LeRoi Jones
On Bird, Bird-Watching, and Jazz by Ralph Ellison
Why Did Ellington “Remake” His Masterpiece? by André Hodeir
On the Corner: The Sellout of Miles Davis by Stanley Crouch
Space Is the Place by Gene Santoro
Easy to Love by Dudley Moore
Bessie Smith by Humphrey Lyttelton
Billie Holiday by Benny Green
Cult of the White Goddess by Will Friedwald
Ella Fitzgerald by Henry Pleasants
The Divine Sarah by Gunther Schuller
The Blues as Dance Music by Albert Murray
Local Jazz by James Lincoln Collier
Fifty Years of “Body and Soul” by Gary Giddins
Everycat and Birdland Mon Amor by Francis Davis
Bird Land by Stanley Crouch
Louis Armstrong: an American Genius by Dan Morgenstern
A Bad Idea, Poorly Executed...by Orrin Keepnews
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About Robert Gottlieb

Robert Gottlieb - Reading Jazz
Robert Gottlieb is the former Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A. Knopf and of The New Yorker. He is the dance critic for The New York Observer and author of George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker. He has previously edited Reading Jazz, Reading Lyrics (with Robert Kimball), the Everyman's Library edition of The Collected Stories of Rudyard Kipling, and The Journals of John Cheever.

  • Reading Jazz by Edited by Robert Gottlieb
  • October 26, 1999
  • Music - Jazz; Music
  • Vintage
  • $25.00
  • 9780679781110

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