Friends Along the Way A Journey Through Jazz Gene Lees
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- Publication date:
- 24 Oct 2003
- 359 pages: 220 x 150 x 32mm
For more than half a century, jazz writer and lyricist Gene Lees has been the friend of many in the world of jazz music. In this book he offers minibiographies of 15 of these friends - some of them jazz greats, some lesser-known figures, and some up-and-comers. Combining conversations and memoirs with critical commentary, Lees's insightful and intimate profiles will captivate jazz fans, performers, and historians alike. The subjects of the book range from the versatile orchestrator and arranger Claus Ogerman to legendary jazz broadcaster Willis Conover, from the gifted young Chinese violinist Yue Deng to undersung pianist Junior Mance. Lees writes about these figures both as musicians and as human beings, and he writes out of a conviction that jazz as an art form represents the highest values of American culture. Inviting us into the lives of these unique individuals, Lees offers an affectionate view of the jazz community.
Gene Lees is publisher and editor of the Jazzletter. He is also a song lyricist and the author of more than a dozen volumes of jazz history and criticism, among them Singers and the Song, Cats of Any Color: Jazz Black and White, Meet Me at Jim and Andy's: Jazz Musicians and Their World, and a forthcoming biography of Johnny Mercer. With Yale University Press he has published You Can't Steal a Gift: Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and Nat (ISBN 0 300 08965 1, [pound]19.95*).
'I admit that I couldn't put this book down. Addicted, I completed its 360 pages in two settings...a book to cherish' - Jazz Review