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Product Name:  A LIFE IN JAZZ


Product ID:  9780917860713
Category:  History
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Price:  $39.95
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A Life In Jazz By Danny Barker Edited by Alyn Shipton New Introduction by Gwen Thompkins Danny Barker (1909-1994) was born when jazz was still in its infancy, and by the time of his death he was known as both a master of the idiom and a guardian of its history. Storyteller, researcher, songwriter, performer, and mentor, Barker was a true griot—an elder statesman of jazz and an international representative of New Orleans and African American culture. In more than sixty years as a working musician, he appeared on more than a thousand recordings and penned dozens of original songs. A Life in Jazz, first published in 1986, represents decades of work Barker undertook to write the intertwined stories of his life and music. His carefully crafted set pieces range from hilarious to harrowing, and he shares memories of jazz greats such as Jelly Roll Morton, Cab Calloway, and Dizzy Gillespie. This illustrated edition of A Life in Jazz brings Barker's autobiography back into print, accompanied by more than one hundred images that bring his story to life. Gwen Thompkins, host of public radio's Music Inside Out, reflects on Barker's legacy in her introduction, and the complete discography and song catalog showcase the breadth of Barker's work.