The Best of Jazz
By (author) Humphrey Lyttelton
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Best of Jazz by Humphrey Lyttelton
Book DescriptionA must for the novice jazz fan and aficionado alike, in this highly original work Humphrey Lyttleton, a noted authority, goes right back to the roots of Jazz, discussing key figures from the early New Orleans and Chicago scenes and beyond, highlighting key figures, unique styles and the greatest recordings through a thirty year period that defined Jazz music. The inimitable Humph provides plenty of lively historical background and tells insightful anecdotes often taken from the reminiscences of the musicians involved. 'The Best of Jazz', a compendium of two original works on the subject, is split into analysis of distinct eras pre- and post-1931 - "Basin Street to Harlem", and "Enter The Giants", moving from the ground-breaking early Jazz bands to the rise of revolutionary individual musicians. It is an ideal companion work to 'It Just Occurred to Me' (ISBN: 9781905798179) - Humph's earlier, much-loved book of reminiscences and thoughts on his life and career. Artists discussed in the book include Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Billie Holliday and many others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781905798223
(216mm x 138mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Robson Books Ltd
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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It Just Occurred to Me..., Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by Humphrey Lyttelton
The legendary band leader and jazz trumpeter, broadcaster and humorist looks back at his extraordinarily rich and varied life and the many colourful characters he has known and played with - from Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong. He also recalls his early life as the son of a famous housemaster at Eton, where he was educated.
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Author Biography - Humphrey Lyttelton
Humphrey Lyttelton, also known as Humph, was an English jazz musician, broadcaster, and chairman of the cult BBC radio programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Universally loved, he sadly passed away in April 2008. He was survived by his four children.
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