This book would not have been possible without the help of many individuals. I would like to extend my thanks first to the assorted scholars and writers who read parts of this work and gave me invaluable feedback. These include: Donald Marquis, Richard Hadlock, Richard Sudhalter, Grover Sales, Bill Kirchner, John Litweiler, Nathan Pearson, Dr. Herb Wong, John O'Neill, Dana Gioia, Larry Kart, and Chris Sheridan. I benefited enormously from their help, but must absolve them for any of the limitations of the final work. I also need to express my gratitude to Dan Morgenstern and the staff at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, and to Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University, as well as to Barbara Sawka of the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound. Additional thanks are due to Joseph Mailander and Greg Gioia, for their input and encouragement, and to Joellyn Ausanka, of Oxford University Press, for her assistance in shepherding this work through various stages of production. I owe a tremendous debt to Sheldon Meyer of Oxford University Press, who has served as the best of editors and a constant source of valued advice. Finally, I need to offer my deepest thanks to my wife, Tara, to whom this book is lovingly dedicated, for her unflagging support and help during the course of writing this work.
Palo Alto T. G.