Autobiography & Biography
    Book Name-   Price 
 You Just Fight For Your Life: The Story Of Lester Young By Frank Buchmann-Moller   $38.00 
Praeger, New York, 1990, First printing with complete number line. A detailed and meticulouly researched account of the great tenor saxophonist's life and career which includes much previously unpublished information, with two comprehensive...  read more...
 You Don't Look Like A Musician By Bud Freeman   $100.00 
Balamp, Detroit, 1974, First Printing with complete number line. Boldly inscribed and SIGNED by Bud Freeman at the ffep. This is the first of two short memoirs by the wonderful tenor saxophonist; the second entitled, If You Know Of A Better Life, ...  read more...
 You Don't Look Like A Musician By Bud Freeman   $40.00 
Balamp, Detroit, 1974, First Printing with complete number line. This is the first of two short memoirs by the wonderful tenor saxophonist, the second entitled, If You Know Of A Better Life, Please Tell Me, appeared in 1976 and was followed by an...  read more...
 With Louis And The Duke: The Autobiography Of A Jazz Clarinetist By Barney Bigard   $40.00 
Macmillan, Lonndon, 1985, First Edition, First Printing, review copy with publisher's card laid in. Autobiography of the fine clarinetist, primarily dictated over the two years before his death in 1980, edited by Barry Martyn with an introduction...  read more...
 With Billie By Julia Blackburn   $48.00 
Jonathan Cape, London, 2005, Stated Uncorrected Book Proof, First Edition, First Printing. A highly regarded biography of Billie Holiday which makes skilful use of 150 interviews, originally conducted in the 1970's by the late Linda Kuehl for her...  read more...
 Wishing On The Moon: The Life & Times of Billie Holiday [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Viking, New York, 1994, First U.S. Edition, First Printing, with complete number line, SIGNED by the author on the title page. This copy was kindly signed by the author for JazzFirst Books at our special request, for our collection of significant...  read more...
 Wild Bill Davison: A Celebration By Doug Armstrong [SIGNED]   $25.00 
Leith Music, Ottawa, 1991, Stated First Edition, SIGNED by the author on the title page. A warm informal memoir of the great traditional cornet player, published not long after his death by an unabashed fan and good friend, Canadian academician,...  read more...
 What Do They Want? By Sammy Price   $38.00 
University Of Illinois Press, Chicago, 1990, First Edition, First Printing. Memoir by the versatile Texas born pianist, who as the long time house pianist at Decca made dozens of recordings with all the prominent blues vocalists of the day. In...  read more...
 We Called It Music: A Generation Of Jazz By Eddie Condon & Thomas Sugrue  [SOLD]   $695.00 
Henry Holt, New York, 1947, Stated First Printing. Presentation copy, inscribed and SIGNED at the ffep by both authors thus, "Irving - Sleeping tablets are expensive - this book costs only three dollars! Eddie" and " Irving - Thanks for talking it...  read more...
 Upside Your Head: Rhythm & Blues On Central Avenue By Johnny Otis   $25.00 
Wesleyan University Press, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1993, First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line. About fine in black cloth, gilt stamped spine letters, in a like, unclipped dust jacket. Colourful memoir of the Greek-American...  read more...
 Unfinished Dream: The Musical World Of Red Callender By Red Callender and Elaine Cohen, [SIGNED]   $135.00 
SIGNED and inscribed at the ffep, "Keep Swinging, Peace and Love, Red Callender" and additionally SIGNED by co-author Elaine Cohen. Laid in is the original program for a Memorial Celebration Tribute to Callender, dated Saturday, April 18, 1992, the...  read more...
 Unfinished Dream: The Musical World Of Red Callender By Red Callender & Elaine Cohen  [SIGNED]   $70.00 
Quartet Books, London, 1985, First Edition, First Printing. SIGNED and inscribed, "Peace & love, Red Callender" at the half title page. Memoir of the gifted arranger and master bassist and tuba player, who played with almost all of the jazz...  read more...
 Twenty Years On Wheels By Andy Kirk As Told To Amy Lee   $25.00 
University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1989, First Printing with complete number line. An engaging account of bandleader Andy Kirk’s twenty years as a traveling jazz musician in the early days of the music. Leader of the acclaimed territory band...  read more...
 Trumpet Story By Bill Coleman   $40.00 
Macmillan, London, 1990, First English Language Edition, First Printing, first published in French in 1981, the year of the wonderful Swing trumpeter's death, translated for this edition by his wife, Lily Coleman. One of jazz's most prominent...  read more...
 Trumpet Blues: The Life Of Harry James By Peter J. Levinson   $42.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, 1999, First Printing with complete number line. First comprehensive biography of the great Swing Era trumpeter and bandleader. Hard cover, corner of one page is creased, otherwise near fine, tight, clean, unmarked,...  read more...
 Treat It Gentle By Sidney Bechet   $55.00 
Cassell, London, 1960, First UK Edition. One of the best of all jazz autobiographies, transcribed from tape recordings in 1959 shortly before Bechet's death. In yellow cloth boards, slight compression to spine ends, light tanning to text block, else...  read more...
 Treat It Gentle By Sidney Bechet   $45.00 
Da Capo, New York, 1978, Stated First Trade Paperback Edition, republication of 1960 first edition, first thus, with new introduction by Rudi Blesh. One of the best of all jazz autobiographies. About fine in pictorial wraps, minimal shelf wear and...  read more...
 Treat It Gentle By Sidney Bechet   $55.00 
Hill and Wang, New York, 1960, First Edition, First Printing. One of the best of all jazz autobiographies, transcribed from tape recordings in 1959 shortly before Bechet's death. In red cloth boards with previous owner's signature to ffep, otherwise...  read more...
 Traditionalists & Revivalists In Jazz By Chip Deffaa  [SIGNED]   $86.00 
The Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, N.J. & London, First Edition, First Printing. SIGNED, dated in year of publication and inscribed by the author to his editor, " To V.A. Musette, The Best Editor, I ever had, Chip Deffaa, Aug.23.1993". Volume #16 in the...  read more...
 Too Marvelous for Words: The Life & Genius Of Art Tatum By James Lester   $25.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, 1994, First Printing with complete number line. Carefully researched and well written, this first comprehensive biography draws on extensive interviews to shed new light on the hitherto little known life of the...  read more...
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