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Balliett, Whitney

Overview
Works: 42 works in 237 publications in 1 language and 11,358 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Reviews  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Performer, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: ML3561.J3, B
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Most widely held works about Whitney Balliett
 
Most widely held works by Whitney Balliett
American musicians : fifty-six portraits in jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays originally appearing principally in the New Yorker
Jelly Roll, Jabbo, and Fats : 19 portraits in jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American musicians II : seventy-one portraits in jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now greatly expanded with sixteen new essays, American Musicians II remains a superb introduction to the giants of jazz, or as Balliett himself calls it, "a highly personal encyclopedia, a series of close accounts of how a beautiful music grew, flourished, and (possibly) began the long trek back to its native silences." Breathtaking in its scope, the book features Balliett's singular portraits of jazz greats who have shaped this uniquely American tradition from its earliest days to the present, from inimitable innovators like Joe "King" Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton, to swing-era mainstays Fats Waller and Lester Young, to avant-garde pioneers such as Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman
American singers by Whitney Balliett( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American singers, Teddi King, Mary Mayo, Barbara Lea -- Let it be classy, Alberta Hunter -- Majesty, Joe Turner -- Just a singer, Helen Humes -- It's detestable when you live it, Ray Charles -- A quality that lets you in, Tony Bennett -- Moonbeam Moscowitz, Sylvia Sims -- According to where I go, Hugh Shannon -- Absolutely pure, Blossom Dearie -- The human sound, Bobby Short -- A queenly aura, Mabel Mercer -- Coming out again, Anita Ellis
New York notes : a journal of jazz, 1972-1975 by Whitney Balliett( Book )

18 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American singers : twenty-seven portraits in song by Whitney Balliett( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Whitney Balliett's American Musicians appeared in the Fall of 1986, the acclaim it received was universal. Leonard Feather, writing in the Los Angeles Times, said "no other writer now living can write with comparable grace and equal enthusiasm about everyone from Jack Teagarden and Art Tatum to Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman." And Bruce Cook in The New Leader called the book "the quintessential Whitney Balliett, the cream of the cream, a collection that leaves no doubt about his strength." That book gathered together all of Balliett's profiles of jazz instrumentalists. Here, in the revised edition of American Singers, Balliett has added thirteen new biographical profiles to double the size of the book and provide the perfect complement to American Musicians. It now contains all the profiles on singers that Balliett has written for The New Yorker. Alongside original chapters on such great vocalists as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Joe Turner and Alberta Hunter, Balliett has added fresh portraits of Mel Torme, Julius La Rosa, George Shearing, and Peggy Lee. To his study of four masters of the cabaret (Hugh Shannon, Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, and Blossom Dearie) he has joined a fifth, Julie Wilson. There are new chapters on singer-pianists Cleo Brown and Nellie Lutcher, as well as on Carol Sloane, Betty Carter, and David Frishberg. Perhaps most notable is his extended profile of Alec Wilder, one of America's most lyrical and moving songwriters and composers [Publisher description]
Collected works : a journal of jazz, 1954-2000 by Whitney Balliett( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reviews written by the jazz critic of The New Yorker since 1957 relives performances by jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Bessie Smith, and others
Improvising : sixteen jazz musicians and their art by Whitney Balliett( Book )

11 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Night creature : a journal of jazz, 1975-1980 by Whitney Balliett( Book )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sound of surprise : 46 pieces on jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

32 editions published between 1959 and 1978 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most of the chapters in this book were originally published in the New Yorker between 1957 and 1959. Includes a discography of the recordings mentioned in the text
Such sweet thunder ; forty-nine pieces on jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

10 editions published between 1966 and 1968 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecstasy at the Onion ; thirty-one pieces on jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first section is in diary form, covering the Monterey and Newport jazz festivals and some of the high points of the New York scene. The second section is devoted to one man, the incomparable Duke Ellington. Six brilliant critical pieces form the third section of the book. Remarkable musical descriptions are here, extraordinary distillations of the particular contributions of such innovators as Bobby Hackett, Benny Morton, Art Tatum and Bessie Smith. The last section celebrates some of the individuals who have created the world of jazz. Here are the life stories of Ray Charles, Elvin Jones, John Lewis, Milt Jackson, and others. -- Publisher's description
Alec Wilder and his friends; the words and sounds of Marian McPartland, Mabel Mercer, Marie Marcus, Bobby Hackett, Tony Bennett, Ruby Braff, Bob and Ray, Blossom Dearie, and Alec Wilder by Whitney Balliett( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1983 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barney, Bradley, and Max : sixteen portraits in jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrætter af: Jean Bach, Max Gordon, Barney Josephson, Bradley Cunningham, Marie Marcus, Claude Thornhill, Jimmy Rowles, Mel Powell, George Shearing, Walter Norris, Harvey Phillips, Benny Goodman, Ruby Braff, Charlie Parker, Buddy De Franco og Louis Bellson
Dinosaurs in the morning ; 41 pieces on jazz by Whitney Balliett( Book )

23 editions published between 1962 and 1978 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book consists of articles originally published in "The New Yorker" in 1957-1962
Goodbyes and other messages : a journal of jazz, 1981-1990 by Whitney Balliett( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whitney Balliett's new book contains many of the shorter pieces he has done for The New Yorker during the past ten years. Balliett gives brilliant final summings-up of many of the irreplaceable musicians who died in the eighties, among them Count Basie, Earl Hines, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, and Cootie Williams. But he also offers penetrating assessments of young turks like Michael Petrucciani, Warren Vaché, Howard Alden, and Wynton Marsalis. Jazz is passing through a recollective period, and Balliett takes long looks at the great Blue Note, Keynote, and Commodore reissue programs, the new jazz repertory groups, and the ambitious and wayward Grove Dictionary of Jazz. he puts his elegant glass on a Caribbean jazz cruise, on several different festivals, on the sad dissolution of the marvelous Gene Bertoncini-Michael Moore duo, and on the strange career of Miles Davis. And he gives us definitive essays on Bunny Berigan, Duke Ellington, John Hammond, Benny Goodman, Ben Webster, and the early lyrical jazz writer Otis Ferguson."--Publisher's description
New York voices : fourteen portraits by Whitney Balliett( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In New York Voices Whitney Balliett writes biographies of fourteen gifted people from abroad and around the United States. They settled in New York, celebrated it, and rose to the tops of their professions. Each of these portraits focuses on an individual who makes a living in the arts and whose work contains a strong improvisational element."--Jacket
Super-drummer: a profile of Buddy Rich by Whitney Balliett( Book )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Such sweet thunder by Whitney Balliett( Book )

4 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The college concert of Pee Wee Russell and Henry Red Allen by Pee Wee Russell( Recording )

2 editions published in 1973 and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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American musicians II : seventy-one portraits in jazz
Alternative Names
Balliett, Whitney Lyon 1926-2007

Whitney Balliett American jazz critic

Whitney Balliett Amerikaans journalist (1926-2007)

Whitney Balliett amerykański dziennikarz muzyczny

Whitney Balliett US-amerikanischer Jazzkritiker

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English (201)

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American singers : twenty-seven portraits in songCollected works : a journal of jazz, 1954-2000New York voices : fourteen portraits