Leader of the Band (Heftet)

The Life of Woody Herman


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Innbinding: Heftet
Utgivelsesår: 1997
Antall sider: 448
Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780195115741
Kategori: Biografier og memoarer
Omtale Leader of the Band
Woody Herman was a central figure in the development of jazz - a musical giant whose career spanned the big band and bebop eras. Gene Lees has spent close to a decade interviewing Herman's friends and fellow musicians, to produce a vivid portrayal of the triumph and tragedy of a life in jazz. We follow his rise to prominence in the 1930s as leader of 'the band that plays the blues,' through success in the 1940s , when bebop rapidly developed, to the ultimate tragedy that broke Herman's career - when his manager diverted the band's withholding tax to settle gambling debts. Along the way, Lees brings to life the weary routine of performing on the road, with its constant one-night engagements and unending travel, broken only by brief stays at home and moments of camaraderie.

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