Autobiography & Biography
    Book Name   Price+ 
 A Jazz Odyssey: The Life Of Oscar Peterson By Oscar Peterson, SIGNED BY Oscar Peterson [SOLD]   
Continuum, New York & London, 2002, First Edition, boldly SIGNED on the ffep by the great jazz pianist. Fifteen years in the writing, Peterson’s wide–ranging memoir of his extraordinary six decades in jazz, includes an account of his early days...  read more...
 Beneath The Under Dog: His World As Composed By Mingus By Charles Mingus Edited By Nel King [SOLD]   
Knopf, New York, 1971, Stated First Edition. Written over a twenty year period, edited from a original manuscript of a thousand pages, this is an extraordinary and harrowing self-portrait of the great jazz bassist and composer. One of the most...  read more...
 Beneath The Underdog: His World As Composed By Mingus, by Charles Mingus, Edited By Nel King [SIGNED by Charles Mingus]  [SOLD]   
Knopf, New York, 1971, Stated First Edition, SIGNED by Charles Mingus to the dedication page. It is entirely fitting that the great bassist and composer signed to the dedication page where he thanks his editor, Nel King, and publisher, Regina Ryan,...  read more...
 Billie's Blues: The True Story Of The Immortal Billie Holiday By John Chilton  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Quartet Books, London, 1975, UK First Edition. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author at the title page, "To Jean Gleason, with all good wishes, Yours sincerely, John Chilton". Inscribed to the wife of and from the library of Ralph J. Gleason,...  read more...
 Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker By Robert Reisner  [SOLD]   
Citadel Press, New York, 1962, First Edition, First Printing. Inscribed, SIGNED and dated in year of publication by the author. A classic biography and the first to appear on the great altoist. Bird as seen through the eyes of his fellow musicians,...  read more...
 Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography Of B.B. King By B.B. King With David Ritz [SIGNED BY B.B. King]  [SOLD]   
Avon Books, New York, 1996, Stated First Edition with complete number line, boldly SIGNED on the half tile page by the great bluesman and inscribed “To Walter”, from the extensive blues collection of the late Walter Glenn, who obtained the autograph...  read more...
 Bricktop By Bricktop With James Haskins [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Presentation copy, boldly SIGNED by the author to the ffep "Joe, With love, Bricky". A colouful, exuberant memoir by the legendary Bricktop (aka Ada Smith), singer, talent scout, intimate of the rich and infamous, proprietor of the most famous...  read more...
 Carmen McRae: Miss Jazz By Leslie Gourse [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Presentation copy, SIGNED and inscribed at the verso of the ffep, ""For Jack Rael- Many thanks for all your help-Leslie Gourse". Rael was Carmen McRae's long-time manager and was interviewed extensively by the author for this biography. The first...  read more...
 Castles Made Of Sand: The Story Of Gil Evans By Larry Hicock  [SOLD]   
Da Capo Press, New York, May 2002, Stated Uncorrected Page Proofs, First Edition, First Printing. The first comprehensive study devoted to the great arranger and composer's life and work. Winner of the Ascap Deems Taylor Award in 2003. Near fine in...  read more...
 Celebrating Bird: The Triumph Of Charlie Parker By Gary Giddins  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Beech Tree Books, Morrow, New York, 1987, First Printing with complete number line. SIGNED, dated and inscribed, by the author on the half title page, "For X, with thanks for help, in research and, keeping an archive, for everyone, Gary Giddins,...  read more...
 Charley Patton By John Fahey [SOLD]   
Studio Vista, London, 1970, First Hardcover Edition; biography and comprehensive musical analysis of the seminal Delta bluesman, a landmark in blues studies; the author, John Fahey, was an innovative, influential and highly eclectic acoustic...  read more...
 Chasin' The Train: The Music & Mystique Of John Coltrane By J.C. Thomas  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Doubleday, Garden City, New York, 1975, Stated First Edition. The first comprehensive biography of the great saxophonist, which relies heavily on interviews with his boyhood friends, fellow musicians and spirtual mentors; with b & w photographs and...  read more...
 Deep In A Dream: The Long Night Of Chet Baker By James Gavin  [SIGNED] [SOLD]   
Knopf, New York, 2002, Stated First Edition. Boldly SIGNED and inscribed at the ffep. "STAY COOL...Forever!, James Gavin, NYC". The first comprehensive biography of the great trumpeter makes for difficult reading, but the author avoids...  read more...
 Derek Bailey And The Story Of Free Improvisation By Ben Watson  [SOLD]   
Verso, London, 2004, First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line. Comprehensive biography and discography of the iconoclastic British guitarist, composer and seminal figure in the free improvisation movement. Hard cover, two short dents...  read more...
 Django Reinhardt By Charles Delauney  [SOLD]   
Da Capo, New York, 1982, republication of the 1961 First Edition, trade paperback. Still the only comprehesive biography of the great guitarist written by his contemporary, French critic Charles Delaunay, who probably knew more about Reinhart's life...  read more...
 Duke Ellington: A Portrait Of Duke Ellington By Derek Jewell  [SOLD]   
Hamish Hamilton, Elm Tree Books, 1977, First UK Edition, First Printing. SIGNED and inscribed by the author at the half tile page, presumed advance review copy with two b&w photos of Ellington laid in, announcing publication of the US edition by...  read more...
 Earl Hooker: Blues Master by Sebastian Danchin [SOLD]   
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2001, First Printing with complete number line, an entry in the American Made Series; a comprehensive biography of the great under sung Chicago guitar master who B.B. King placed at the top of his list of...  read more...
 Eubie Blake By Al Rose [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Schirmer, New York, 1979, First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line. SIGNED in black ink to the half title page, by Eubie Blake, and characteristically inscribed “ To Rude [sic], Luuuv, Eubie Blake”, from the estate of jazz collector...  read more...
 Everyday: The Story Of Joe Williams By Leslie Gourse  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Quartet Books, London, 1985, First Edition, First Printing, flat SIGNED by Joe Williams on the title page. Billed as the 'official' biography of the wonderful Basie singer, by the prolific jazz writer Leslie Gourse. In black cloth boards, fine,...  read more...
 Father Of The Blues By W.C. Handy Edited By Arna Bontemps  [SIGNED]  [SOLD]   
Macmillan, New York, 1941, Stated First Printing. Warmly inscribed, SIGNED and dated in just the second month of publication, at the ffep, "To Homer and Marian, with appreciation and admiration, W.C. Handy, 7-2-1941" (the author has corrected a word...  read more...
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