From Birdland to Broadway: Scenes from a Jazz Life

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From Birdland to Broadway An anecdotal autobiography of Bill Crow's career in jazz, from his arrival in New York City in the 1950s to his professional life as a jazz bassist, playing with the likes of Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland.

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Bill Crow, journeyman bass player, superb storyteller, and author of the successful Jazz Anecdotes, here narrates many moving and delightful tales of the pioneers of modern jazz with whom he played and who befriended him.

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`Oxford University Press is to be congratulated on recognising the historical value of these memories of a man who has been there'Jazz Times, April 1993

`Crow's lively style perfectly illuminates his insider's view of the jazz scene of the '50s and '60s' Russ Neff, The Patriot-News

`From Birdland to Broadway is a book that is difficult to put down, in both senses of the term.'Macon Telegraph

`From Birdland to Broadway is autobiographical, and the writing flows smoothly.'Times Literary Supplement

`there are some interesting yarns and insights ... Bogside fare at best.'Brian Glasser, Q

`The book bristles with insider's tales about musicians he has met in 40 years of gigging around. Bill Crow's book keeps you smiling from the first page to the last ... eminently readable book ... Here is a fine bassist dipping into a deep well of reminiscence and showing that he can write as well as he can play.'Reginald Brace, Yorkshire Post

`the best and possibly the only book I have read about the life of a jobbing jazz musician ... one feels that if he had been a star he could never have written a book as fascinating as this one, which digs deep into the jazz life'Peter Hepple, Stage & Television Today

"In From Birdland to Broadway, Crow shares insightful anecdotes from his long career and writes in a style that's as relaxed, friendly, and straight ahead as a Mulligan baritone sax solo....He never skimps on the humorous asides and telling details. What's more, he renders most of the technical stuff, such as flugelhornist Clark Terry's method of rotary breathing, understandable to even the most unrhythmic or tonedeaf reader. Bop lives in Crow's colorful account."―Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Providing some fascinating social history, [Crow] has written a book of intimate and entertaining vignettes about some modern jazz masters."―Library Journal

'he has plenty to tell and his book sparkles with humour ... It is often deeply moving too.'Chris Searle, Morning Star

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