This collection of writings, many of them out of print for years, include an account of B.B. King's concert in Moscow, Paul Desmond's one-off article on the Dave Brubeck Quarter's days at the Orange County Fair, the writing of critic and trombonist Mike Zwerin and Pops Foster's account of tiding over Prohibition with Louis Armstrong in 1919, with two half-pints of whisky. This anthology includes stories about the history of jazz, with an indication of the terminology of another world that contains its own traditions, code words and protective humour.
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A treasury of remarkable writing, remarkable talking and remarkable lives, drawn together by one of the country’s sharpest wits.
Jazz is undeniably the liveliest, most mysterious, warmest, most unpredictable music to be born this century – it is also the most elusive. No truly great jazz novel, play or even film has ever been produced, but sometimes the spirit of jazz sticks to the pages of an autobiography, a casual sleeve note or even a radio talk. It is this priceless essence that Miles Kington has captured in 'The Jazz Anthology'.
“This is a splendid assembly of jazz arcana. They have one thing in common: they’re very well-written. It would be possible to make all sorts of other anthologies about jazz, but not, I think, a better one”
MARTIN GAYFORD, 'Sunday Telegraph'
“A labour of love … very interesting and useful”
“Selections of genuine value and insight”
“A great dipping-into book which I have found very difficult to dip out of again, and that’s the real test”
DAVE GELLY, 'Jazz Express'
Miles Kington is a very high profile columnist, formerly of ‘The Times’ and currently of the ‘Independent’, where he is the most successful columnist on record. He is the author of two previous books, ‘Britain Under Steam’ and ‘Let’s Parlez Franglais’.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002151995