Jazz Performers: An Annotated Bibliography of Biographical Materials

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INTRODUCTION

This book is an annotated bibliography of jazz books, theses, dissertations, and scholarly journal articles. It includes many different kinds of biographical source material published in all languages from 1921 to the present, such as biographies, autobiographies, interview collections, musical treatises, bio-discographies, anthologies of newspaper articles, and Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations. With few exceptions, a work of at least fifty pages in length merits inclusion, providing it has a substantive biographical component or aids jazz research.

The main section of the work is an alphabetical listing of sources on individual jazz artists and ensembles. Jazz artists, though in some cases hard to define precisely, for me are those who have made their mark as jazz performers and who have led the "jazz life," playing the clubs and "joints," not the "legitimate" concert stage, Broadway, Las Vegas, or the like. Thus, musicians such as Ray Charles or Frank Sinatra, who have recorded and performed with jazz ensembles, do not qualify for inclusion. Nor do Paul Whiteman or Jean Goldkette, though their influence on early jazz was considerable. Others, such as André Previn or David Amram, however, do seem to qualify as jazz artists since they have functioned as jazz musicians, and done gigs and recordings as such, despite spending a considerable portion of their careers performing other types of music.

In general, the operating rule for inclusion in the main section is whether or not a given artist exemplifies the oral tradition of jazz playing and has led the life of a jazz musician. If this is not so, but, as in the case of a John Hammond or a Max Gordon, such an individual has exerted an influence on jazz generally, then those sources by or about them are listed in the Supplementary Bibliography.

Each bonafide jazz musician is given a separate section in the main part of the work, and birth, death, and primary instrumentation data is provided.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in the Music Reference Collection ii
  • Title Page iii
  • ERRATA vi
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • Jazz Performers 1
  • Supplementary Bibliography 281
  • AUTHOR INDEX 351
  • SUBJECT INDEX 362
  • About the Compiler 365
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