Hear Me Talkin' to Ya

By Nat Shapiro, Nat Hentoff,

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Hear Me Talkin' to Ya (Dover Books On Music: History)

"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." — Charlie Parker
"What is jazz? The rhythm — the feeling." — Coleman Hawkins
"The best sound usually comes…

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This is a story of Jazz by the musicians who made it. Hear Me Talkin' to Ya is a wide study of the Jazz at its source (New Orleans) through the era of Big Bands and into Modern Jazz, from Kid Ory to Dave Brubeck. This book doesn’t have a narrative or authors’ opinions. This book features passages quoted by Billie Holiday, Mary Lou Williams, Lil Harden Armstrong, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Othello Tinsley, Dizzy Gillespie, and a hundred other musicians.

We’ve entered a second era of inclusion. Women now play an essential role in creating music. Add Lizzie…

This classic, first published in 1955, collects the memories and anecdotes of a hundred or so members of the jazz world, talking about themselves and each other, and how they admired and learned from each other. The material was culled from over 20 book publishers, magazines, and record companies in the USA and Europe (where jazz was taken seriously from the beginning), starting with New Orleans and coming all the way up to bebop. One of the best bits, from trumpeter Jimmy McPartland about Bix Beiderbecke: "People used to ask Bix to play a chorus just as he had recorded…

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