GIANTS OF JAZZ by Studs Terkel


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The jazz idiom and the men who nurtured and fostered its development are considered here in the brief biographies of 12 jazz greats, related with contagious enthusiasm by disk-jockey and folk record critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, Studs Terkel. Joe Oliver, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Billie Holliday, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Bessie Smith and Stan Kenton are described here as people and as musicians with brief treatment of the sounds they make and why they make them and some speculation on the influence some of them had on others. A good gift for the jazz enthusiast, this should be of some interest to anyone who owns a radio. Strong interest, infectiously communicated.
Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1957
ISBN: 156584999X
Page count: 214pp
Publisher: T.Y. Crowell
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1957


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