Thomas Crowell, New York, 1957, Stated First Printing. Boldly inscribed and SIGNED by the author at the title page. Early in his career the great Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and oral historian worked as a disc jockey and jazz and folk record reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times. This was his first published book, a chronological jazz history, focusing on twelve major musicians from Joe Oliver to Dizzy Gillespie, written in a warm and casual anecedotal style, with discography and charming b&w drawings by Robert Galster. In pictorial red cloth boards, touch of wear to spine ends and extremities, faint offset to endpapers, discography has a few neat ink annotations, else, very good++, clean, tight. In a first issue dust jacket, with original price of $3.00 to front flap as called for, light material loss to spine ends, sunning to spine and panels, slight wear to extremities, otherwise about very good, clean, in mylar sleeve. A popular book in its day, reprinted many times, but first printings are scarce and signed copies, very uncommon. J1289.