Books by Leslie Gourse

SOPHISTICATED LADIES by Leslie Gourse
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"But it's a revealing look at some of the great ladies of jazz. (bibliography, discography) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
The late jazz historian covers 14 female jazz singers, from Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters to Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall, in three-page chapters in this insightful collective biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The book's obvious title, already used for a Monk documentary, is a perfect tipoff that Gourse has little to say about her subject that is imaginative or useful. (photos, not seen)"
A ramshackle biography of the legendary jazz innovator. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Gourse fails the very women to whom she is attempting to pay tribute. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A major disappointment from a well-known authority on jazz. Read full book review >
SASSY by Leslie Gourse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 1993

"Too much shifting bandstand personnel to keep steady interest. (Thirty-two photos.)"
Life of the ``Divine One,'' by the author of the well-received Nat King Cole bio Unforgettable (1991). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 1991

"And it's well researched, too."
Gourse's life of satin-voiced Nat King Cole has plenty of spring and grit, much more so than his Louis's Children: American Jazz Singers (1984). Read full book review >