The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties by Leonard Feather ; foreword by John Lewis

The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties by Leonard Feather ; foreword by John Lewis

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New York : Bonanza Books, 1967. Hardcover. 312 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 26 cm. With original dust jacket, unmarked pages, and firm binding.


Don DeMicheal, Editor, Down Beat Magazine, says:

"The Encyclopedia of Jazz is as indispensable as Webster's Dictionary to me. I can't remember a day that I haven't reached for it to check facts about jazz musicians. It is the most valuable work published on jazz, in my opinion."
For jazz up to 1960: The Encyclopedia of Jazz—and now, for the jazz of our time:

The ENCYCLOPEDIA of JAZZ in the SIXTIES By Leonard Feather
A complete new survey of the entire field with 1100 biographies and 200 photographs Foreword by John Lewis

This new volume in the renowned series of reference works by Leonard Feather shows that jazz in the Sixties is conspicuously different from the jazz of any other period in the fast-moving history of this unique American art. The performances are almost limitlessly diversified. For many listeners it is hard to understand that the same term denotes both the folk music of a Texas blues singer and the explorations of an avant garde pianist. Yet both are jazz and both are a part of the jazz of the Sixties, the most turbulent period in jazz annals.

This comprehensive new survey contains biographies of all the artists who have created major new works, shown new directions, or elaborated earlier forms in shaping the music played today—giving the reader a clear picture of their back-ground, styles, associations, and recording activities. In addition, there are biographies of all the musicians renowned before the current decade, but still dominant in contemporary jazz, discussed here with special emphasis on their varied activities in the past several years. There are 1100 biographies in all.

Besides the biographies in this essential new reference work, there are many other invaluable features:

JOHN LEWIS'S FOREWORD, a fascinating memoir by the famed pianist of the Modern Jazz Quartet

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE in which Mr. Feather surveys the scene from the turning point in 1960 up to the present

THE BEST OF THE BLINDFOLD TESTS, Mr. Feather's revealing, long-popular Down Beat feature, now provides the material for a fresh perspective of the jazzmen's opinions in the provocative and entertaining section: "The Practitioner as Preacher," in which some of the participants are: Tyree Glenn, Quincy Jones, John Hammond, Sonny Bollins, Joe Henderson, Dave Brubeck, Archie Shepp, Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Thelonious Monk, etc.

THE BLUES AND FOLK SCENE, a searching examination by specialist Pete Welding of folk blues, the primitive and impassioned idiom that has so much in common with the roots of jazz

NEW LISTS OF POLL WINNEBS, "musicians' musicians" polls, critics' polls, readers' polls

JAZZ BECOBD COMPANIES, with addresses

BECOBDINGS OF THE SIXTIES, a valuable list of issues and reissues of the significant records of our times

BIBLIOGBAPHY OF BOOKS AND PEBIODICALS, with publishers and dates; plus magazine addresses

TWO HUNDBED PHOTOGBAPHS, many of them never before published, of the jazz artists in action.

For all readers who own the previous Encyclopedia of Jazz, the present volume is an indispensable addition to the library. For the newcomer to jazz or to the Feather series, The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties provides the perfect guide to the vast and varied world of jazz today.

 

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