Jazz Biography Books

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1. Django Reinhardt

The music of Django Reinhardt is as important today as it has ever been. Blending jazz and gypsy influences, his exuberant solos and incisive rhythm playing have fascinated... more info
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Know the Man, Play the Music. General Book (not sheet music). With Hardcover with CD. 8.5x11 inches. 144 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331284)

2. Les Paul Legacy Complete Commemorative Edition

Includes both books, Early Years 1915-1963 (0-634-04861-9) and Modern Era 1968-2009 (11/09 release 978-1-57424-241-6) packaged in a beautiful slipcase box. The slipcase artwork... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Hardcover. 9x12 inches. 648 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00332929)

3. Jaco

A fitting tribute to the troubled genius who revolutionized electric bass playing and bridged the gaps between jazz, R&B, rock and funk. From his early days in R&B club bands... more info
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The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius - Anniversary Edition. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover with CD. 6x9 inches. 340 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331338)

4. Barney Kessel - A Jazz Legend

Born in 1923, Barney Kessel played and recorded for over 40 years with hundreds of jazz greats, including Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald,... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.25x11.75 inches. 304 pages. Published by Ashley Mark Publishing Company. (HL.00332808)

5. Straight, No Chaser

Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk was an elusive and eccentric personality whose music and style were initially misunderstood. From his growing up in Manhattan, through his... more info
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The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk. Omnibus Press. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 360 pages. Published by Omnibus Press. (HL.00336143)

6. Wes Montgomery - 2nd Edition

Wes Montgomery was unquestionably the most significant jazz guitarist to emerge during the 1960s. By the '70s and '80s he had, like Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.25x11.7 inches. 140 pages. Published by Ashley Mark Publishing Company. (HL.00332748)

7. The Miles Davis Reader

DownBeat magazine (est. 1939), the bible of jazz, blues, and beyond, proudly launches the first book in its DownBeat Hall of Fame Series. DownBeat has documented Miles Davis's... more info
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Interviews and Features from DownBeat Magazine. General Book (not sheet music). With Hardcover. 6.25x9.25 inches. 356 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00331790)

8. Frankly - Just Between Us

Sinatra's conductor reveals what it's like to work for legendary singers Frankly - Just Between Us, is an entertaining and insightful behind-the-scenes look at the world of... more info
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My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music. General Book (not sheet music). With Hardcover. 6x9 inches. 214 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00331275)

9. High Times Hard Times

...in the tradition of the best jazz autobiographies...a fascinating travelogue through the jazz world, filled with vivid images of Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge and... more info
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Limelight. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 376 pages. Published by Limelight Editions. (HL.00332489)

10. Stephane Grappelli

This riveting book by Paul Balmer is the definitive biography of a unique musician whose life spanned the 20th century. Stephane Grappelli's astonishing career ran on a parallel... more info
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A Life in Jazz. Omnibus Press. With Softcover. 6.25x9 inches. 428 pages. Published by Bobcat Books. (HL.00335013)

11. Mambo Diablo

Countless stories have been written about Tito Puente's percussive musical abilities, but never before have his talent and intuition, as well as the mishaps and controversies... more info
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My Journey with Tito Puente. Hardcover. 6x9 inches. 512 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00333291)

12. Billy Ecstine: The Life Of The Sonorous Mr. B.

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Softcover. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00333475)

13. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: The Cannonball Adderley Story

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Softcover. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00333474)

14. Here and Now!

By age 16, Pat Martino was already working as a member of R&B star Lloyd Price's touring musical revue. By age 18, Martino moved to Harlem, where he quickly earned a reputation... more info
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The Autobiography of Pat Martino. Hardcover. 6x9 inches. 224 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00333240)

15. Antonio Carlos Jobim

Charlie Byrd, Herbie Mann, and others brought in bags full of discs from a trip to Brazil in 1961. Stan Getz listened to them and recorded Desafinado, which stayed for 70... more info
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An Illuminated Man. Hardcover. 6x9 inches. 288 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00333166)
 
 
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