In 2005 I had the great privilege of interviewing the eminent music biographer Peter Guralnick, who, at the time had just published Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. To this day, that book remains one of the most entertaining, educational, memorable, and thoroughly enjoyable in my library. This certainly wasn’t a fluke — his book on Elvis Presley is acknowledged by most serious critics as being the ultimate Presley biography, with New York Times critic Gerald Marzorati describing it as “the finest rock-and-roll biography ever written.” In Sunday’s Times, writer Larry Rohter reports that seven of Guralnick’s books, including the Presley and Cooke biographies, “are being reissued this year and next in ‘enhanced e-book’ editions that include video and audio material and, in some cases, new chapters on figures like Jerry Lee Lewis and Delbert McClinton.”
This type of publishing seems like an obvious advancement and is one that may actually entice me to make that long-delayed tablet purchase. Merging audio and video content with written material has long been imagined, and puts into the hands of the reader an ultimate merging of education and entertainment — what I like to refer to as “edu-tainment.”
Rohter writes: “Mr. Guralnick’s e-book project is a particularly ambitious example of what […] Continue reading »
In 1938, Charlie Parker stayed in this musician’s New York apartment, despite the wife’s objections. Who is he?
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Three features will be published this week that serve as examples of the type of content I like to publish on Jerry Jazz Musician…
* “Cover Stories with Paul Morris” — Volume 6…Mr. Morris, a scholar of vintage record cover art (as well as a serious jazz historian), brings a new edition of his colorful column to these pages.
* “Epistrophy” — the third short story (whose story themes include jazz) I have commissioned fiction writer Arya Jenkins to create exclusively for this publication. Her work is thought provoking, at times challenging, and always brilliant.
* “Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” Volume 15, in which some of the finest living jazz writers and musicians contribute their thoughts when asked the question: “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings from the 1960′s?”
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The great improvisational American jazz musicians of the mid-20th century inspired a generation of photographers to develop a looser, moodier style of visual expression. That evocative approach is on striking display in The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography. Covering six decades of performers from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to John Coltrane and Miles Davis this unique collection is as much a comprehensive catalogue of jazz greats as it is a salute to the photographers who captured them.
Jerry Jazz Musician presents a number of editions of “Master of Jazz Photography,” featuring a work by one of the photographers featured in The Jazz Image
This edition: Hugh Bell
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What do the musicians Don Byron, Jane Ira Bloom, Eric Revis, Robin Eubanks, Steve Turre, and Warren Wolf have in common with the journalists Gary Giddins, John Goodman, Terry Teachout, and Marc Myers? They have all participated in the next edition of “Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” by answering the question, “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings from the 1960′s?”
The complete edition will be published in April, and many more participants are expected. Meanwhile, here is a sampling of responses: […] Continue reading »