Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Mixed Message: America Jazz Stories

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Mixed Message: America Jazz Stories

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Mixed Messages: America Jazz Stories By Peter Vacher Five Leaves Publications, Nottingham, UK - soft bound, 6 ¾ inches by 9 ¼ inches. 314 pages, price 14.99 (approx. $23.00) fully illustrated with index

This is the second book that Peter Vacher has written. The previous book, also published by Five Leaves Publications, is titled "Soloists and Sidemen: American Jazz Stories." What the author did was to interview visiting American jazz musicians while in Europe, mostly but not exclusively in England. He then would record these conversations on tape and subsequently would publish them with various publications such as "Coda," "Jazz Journal" and "Melody Maker" to name a few. He has now gathered these together into book form. Another author who did much the same thing was Whitney Balliert who wrote for the "New Yorker".

This particular book has 21 chapters and in order they are on Louis Nelson, Norman "Dewey" Keenan, Gerald Wilson, Fip Ricard, Ruby Braff, George "Buster" Cooper, Bill Berry, Benny Powell, Plas Johnson Jr. …

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