Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz Puzzles (Volume 1)

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz Puzzles (Volume 1)

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Jazz Puzzles (Volume 1) By an Vernhettes with Bo Lindström Published by Jazz'Edit in a limited edition of 500 copies 2012, 240 pages, English text, 300 illustrations. Format: 26 cm x 28.5 cm, offset quadri

Available from www.jazzedit.org euro40.00 plus euro10.00 postage

This is indeed an exquisite book and a must for anyone who has an interest in early New Orleans jazz and its culture. The 240 pages are crafted using top quality semi-gloss paper and the presentation and research are of the same high standard as the authors' previous book on Tommy Ladnier "Traveling Blues," although this tome discusses fourteen musicians rather than just one; therefore each subject is covered in considerably less detail, but it does however give the reader a chance to cherry-pick each separate segment. The scholarly historical and genealogical research of New Orleans and its Creole society definitely helps to fill in a lot of the gaps in this wonderful city's jazz heritage.

The first thing that you notice is the map on the inside of the book cover (continued at the back) that shows the location of people and places that are discussed in the book; very useful for getting an overall feel for the city and its jazz inhabitants. The foreword is by Bruce Raeburn, son of the legendary band leader Boyd Raeburn and Director of special collections and curator of Hogan Jazz archive, Tulane University, New Orleans. There is also a comprehensive index, which is invaluable in a book of this complexity.

The manuscript is set out in 14 chapters that cover the lives and careers of some well-known and several of the more obscure New Orleans jazz players. …

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