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Thu June 21, 2012
Good Read: Jazz Anecdotes by Bill Crow
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When jazz musicians get together, they often delight one another with stories about the great, or merely remarkable, players and singers they’ve worked with. One good story leads to another until someone says, “Somebody ought to wrie these down!” With Jazz Anecdotes, somebody finally has. Drawing on a rich verbal tradition, jazz writer Bill Crow has culled stories from a wide variety of sources, including interviews, biographies and a remarkable oral history collection from the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, to paint fascinating and very human portraits of jazz musicians. With its unique blend of sparkling dialogue and historical and social insight, Jazz Anecdotes will delight anyone who loves a good story. It offers a fresh perspective on the joys and hardships of a musician’s life as well as a rare glimpse of the personalities who created America’s most distinctive music.
Todd Hill says:
“Laugh out loud hilarious stories told by jazz players and about legends and near-legends compiled by jazz bassist Bill Crow (possibly best known for his work with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker).”