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Who's Who Of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street Paperback – 22 Mar 1985

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 4th edition edition (22 Mar 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306802430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306802430
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,943,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A professional trumpeter and jazz writer, John Chilton is the author of "Billie's Blues, Who's Who of Jazz, " and with Max Jones, "Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story."

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By stevereevesfan on 10 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great book for reading about all the jazzers
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Excellent reference work on older musicians 22 Oct 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an alphabetical listing of jazz musicians, all born before 1920, with pertinent and, in some cases, rather detailed biographical information given for each. Many of these names will not be found in any other jazz reference books.

Chilton tries to include as much information as he can, sticking strictly to jazz related matters, all given in chronological order. Early influences, who each musician played with and when, clubs they were at, birth/death dates are all related in narrative form. Chilton is not interested in style, just in giving facts. He does no editorializing and says nothing about recording dates - indeed, you could get the impression that no one here ever saw the inside of a record studio. But at 400+ pages already Chilton might have felt the need to draw the line somewhere.

Anyone interested in older styles of jazz played by the original masters (lots on New Orleans musicians are included) will find this book a handy reference tool. Highly recommended.
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old friend 16 Oct 2012
By shoelady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book replaces one that my husband has owned and cherished for many years. He often consults it for information about musicians whose work he meets on old vinyl records. Since he is now 90 years old, the people in this book are contemporaries of his.
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