Autobiography & Biography
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 Crazy Fingers: Claude Hopkins' Life In Jazz By Warren Vache, Sr.  [SIGNED]   $35.00 
Smithsonian Instituion Press, Washington & London, 1992, First Printing with complete number line. SIGNED and inscribed by the author at the half title page. Jazz historian and musician Vache makes extensive use of Hopkin's autobiographal journals,...  read more...
 Dancing To A Black Man's Tune: A Life Of Scott Joplin By Susan Curtis   $40.00 
University Of Missouri Press, Columbia & London, 1994, First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line, review copy with publisher's card laid in. An interpretive biography of the African American ragtime composer whose life and musical...  read more...
 Dead Man Blues: Jelly Roll Morton Way Out West By Phil Pastras   $18.00 
University of California Press, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 2001, First Printing with complete number line. A compelling account of Jelly Roll Mortonís West Coast years, scholarly and carefully researched, which draws on previously unknown primary...  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...
 Deep South Piano: The Story Of Little Brother Montgomery By Karl Gert zur Heide   $75.00 
Studio Vista, London, 1970, First Hard Cover Edition; an oral history of the career of blues singer and pianist, Little Brother Montgomery, and a concise account of the southern blues piano tradition. One in a series of estimable blues studies,...  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...
 Did They Mention The Music By Henry Mancini With Gene Lees   $30.00 
Contemporary Books, Chicago & New York, 1989, First Edition, First Printing with no further printings indicated. Warm and unassuming memoir by the award winning composer. Hard cover is about fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket, slightly rubbed...  read more...
 Dizzy Gillespie By Barry McRae   $22.00 
Omnibus Press, London, 1988, First Paperback Edition, First Printing. Part of the Jazz Life & Times series, an illustrated biography of the great trumpeter with selected discography. In pictorial wraps, tiny damp stain to top fore corner of text...  read more...
 Dizzy Gillespie By Raymond Horricks   $20.00 
Hippocrene Books, New York, 1984, First Edition, concise biography with discography, one in an extended series on jazz masters by British writers published by Hippocrene. In pictorial laminated boards, fine, tight, unmarked, appears unread, no dust...  read more...
 Dizzy: The Life And Times Of John Birks Gillespie By Donald L. Maggin   $21.00 
Harper Collins, New York, 2005, First Edition, First Printing. The latest biographer of Diz, Maggin is also the author of a well regarded life of Stan Getz. With complete number line, quarter brick red cloth over black paper boards, as new, unread...  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...
 Douze Annees De Jazz (1927-1938) Souvenirs By Hugues Panassie  [SIGNED]   $200.00 
Editions Correa, Paris, 1946, First Edition in wraps, in original French. Warmly inscribed and SIGNED at the ffep by the influential and controversial French jazz critic and historian. Panassie's memoir of the period 1927-1938, which recounts his...  read more...
 Duke Ellington And His World By A.H. Lawrence   $45.00 
Routledge, New York, London, 2001, First Printing, with complete number line. A former jazz musician, Lawrence first met Ellington in the early 1940's and has written what distinguished jazz writer Nat Hentoff called, "the definitive biography of...  read more...
 Duke Ellington By Barry Ulanov   $60.00 
Creative Age Press, New York, 1946, First Edition, First Printing. Presumed advance review copy with publisher's notice laid in. This was the first extensive biography of the Duke to be published and at a time when he and his orchestra were at the...  read more...
 Duke Ellington By James Lincoln Collier   $37.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, 1987, First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line, flat SIGNED by the author on the half title page. Very controversial biography of the great composer and orchestra leader. In quarter bound black...  read more...
 Duke Ellington By James Lincoln Collier   $22.00 
Oxford University Press, New York, 1987, First Edition, First Printing with complete number line. Very controversial biography of the great composer and band leader. Hard cover is fine with slight wear to front board, in a fine, slightly rubbed,...  read more...
 Duke Ellington In Person By Mercer Ellington With Stanley Dance   $38.00 
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1978, First Printing with complete number line. An intimate memoir by Ellington's son throws new light on the great musician's musical world and personal life. Hard cover, fine, spine ends slightly compressed, tight, clean,...  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...
 Duke Ellington: A Spiritual Biography By Janna Tull Steed  [SIGNED]   $42.00 
Crossroad, New York, 1999, First Printing with complete number line. SIGNED, dated and inscribed by the author, to jazz book seller and collector Arthur Newman at the title page. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. An interesting,...  read more...
 Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington BY Terry Teachout  [SIGNED]   $145.00 
Gotham Books, New York, 2013, First Printing with complete number line, SIGNED by the author at the title page; kindly signed by the author for JazzFirst Books at our special request, for a catalogue of significant contemporary jazz publications,...  read more...
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