Best Jazz Biographies

December 22, 2016


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Esi EdugyanThe bistros and dance halls of occupied Paris hummed with jazz music in the 1940s, despite the Nazis' effort to clamp down on the "depraved" sound. Novelist Esi Edugyan revisits these bustling nightclubs in her new work of historical fiction, Half-Blood Blues, about a jazz band of black musicians called the Hot-Time Swingers. Narrated by bass player Sid Griffiths, the story alternates between the war years and 1992, when Griffiths laments the last time he saw bandmate Hieronymus Falk, a young trumpet player taken by the Gestapo. Half-Blood Blues, a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, is newly available in the United States this month. The Canadian writer shares with Goodreads five books that capture the swinging spirit and rhythm of jazz.
"How to sum up the exquisite strangeness of this haunting book? In language that perfectly embodies the rhythms of the music, Dyer turns the biographical details of musicians' lives into glorious dreamscapes. He throws you so deeply into the minds and spiritual lives of these musicians, it is hard to tell the facts from the invented. The piece on Thelonius Monk is a particular favorite."
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"Dictated by Bechet just before his death, this is an autobiography like no other. Movingly Bechet—a master of both the clarinet and the saxophone—gives a warm, vivid account of his life as a 'musicianer' in language that approaches the torqued beauty of his music. The best jazz biography I have read."
Source: www.goodreads.com
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