Most widely held works by Gary Giddins
Visions of jazz : the first century by Gary Giddins ( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,613 libraries worldwide
"Combining criticism, biography, history, anecdote, and musicology with unfailing insight and wit, Visions of Jazz is a provocative journey through a hundred years of American music."--BOOK JACKET.
Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreams by Gary Giddins ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,561 libraries worldwide
Traces the rise of Bing Crosby from his early successes as a radio star to his initial foray into Hollywood.
Jazz by Gary Giddins ( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,261 libraries worldwide
History of jazz that explains what jazz is, where it came from, and who created it and why, all within the broader context of American life and culture. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years. From ragtime and blues to the international craze for swing, from the heated protests of the avant-garde to the radical diversity of today's artists, Jazz describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators struggling for work, respect, and cultural acceptance set against the backdrop of American history, commerce, and politics. With vibrant photographs by legendary jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is also an arresting visual history of a century of music.
Riding on a blue note : jazz and American pop by Gary Giddins ( Book )
10 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and held by 1,140 libraries worldwide
Rhythm-a-ning : jazz tradition and innovation in the '80s by Gary Giddins ( Book )
12 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 1,087 libraries worldwide
Weather bird : jazz at the dawn of its second century by Gary Giddins ( Book )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 966 libraries worldwide
"Weather Bird is a companion volume to Visions of Jazz. In this collection of essays, reviews and articles, Giddins brings together, for the first time, more than 140 pieces written over a 14-year period, most of them for his column in the Village Voice (also called "Weather Bird"). The book is first and foremost a celebration of jazz, with illuminating commentary on contemporary jazz events, on today's top musicians, on the best records of the year, and on leading figures from jazz's past."--BOOK JACKET.
Celebrating Bird : the triumph of Charlie Parker by Gary Giddins ( Book )
17 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 950 libraries worldwide
"Masters of American music series"-Jacket. Includes bibliography and discography. A biography of the American jazz musician focusing on his life and style of music.
Satchmo by Gary Giddins ( Book )
12 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 923 libraries worldwide
Natural selection : Gary Giddins on comedy, film, music, and books by Gary Giddins ( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 598 libraries worldwide
Warning shadows : home alone with classic cinema by Gary Giddins ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 596 libraries worldwide
The author explores more than 200 films, classics and neglected gems.
Celebrating Bird the triumph of Charlie Parker ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 518 libraries worldwide
In film clips, photos, and interviews, Parker's life is traced from Kansas City to the New York jazz scene of the 1950s.
Make way for tomorrow ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 488 libraries worldwide
In this 'enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap' [-- Container], an elderly couple must move in with their adult children when they lose their home.
A moment's notice : portraits of American jazz musicians by Carol Friedman ( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 425 libraries worldwide
Bing Crosby : a pocketful of dreams : the early years, 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins ( Book )
12 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the life of entertainer Bing Crosby, focusing on his early films, his musical career, and his radio music programs.
Faces in the crowd : players and writers by Gary Giddins ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 379 libraries worldwide
Ranging from fond reflection to interview-and-commentary to close critical analysis, Giddins explores the achievements of 37 artists: show people, divas, musicians, and writers, ranging from Irving Berlin to Spike Lee, Billie Holiday to Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, Elias Canetti to Philip Roth.
Satchmo Louis Armstrong ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 356 libraries worldwide
With over a dozen of his classic performances ranging from 1932 to the late sixties, Satchmo includes excerpts from Pennies from Heaven, Betty Boop cartoon, Going places, Jam session, New Orleans with Billie Holiday, High Society with Bing Crosby, and Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand. Also included are live concerts with Dizzy Gillespie, and Jack Teagarden and the All Stars. The film also presents on-camera interviews with Arvell Shaw, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and other musicians.
Satchmo : the genius of Louis Armstrong by Gary Giddins ( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
"Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong has been called the most influential musician of the twentieth century: His magnificent career as a trumpet player, singer, bandleader, and actor made him a legend in his own time; his influence on jazz and popular music is impossible to overstate. Gary Giddins has been called "the best jazz writer in America today" (Esquire). Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and insightful portraits ever drawn of the great man and superlative artist. Giddins was the first writer to have access to Armstrong's unpublished writings, and he uses them to deftly recount Louis's colorful - and sometimes controversial - life. The result is an intimate biography, uniquely balanced in its treatment of his music and his life. Also available in an illustrated edition, this is a vital introduction to the man and his genius."--BOOK JACKET.
Jazz. Episode two, The gift ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 275 libraries worldwide
From 1917 through 1924 the "Jazz Age" begins with speakeasies, flappers and easy money for some. The story of jazz becomes a tale of two cities, Chicago and New York and of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, whose lives and music will span three-quarters of a century. This episode also follows the careers of jazz greats James Reese Europe, King Oliver, Willie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman and James P. Johnson.
Jazz. Episode one, Gumbo ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 274 libraries worldwide
Jazz is born in New Orleans at the turn of the century emerging from several forms of music including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, creole music, funeral parade music and above all, the blues. Musicians profiled here who advanced early jazz are Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Keppard, and musicians of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
Jazz. Episode eight, Risk ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
Between 1945 and 1955 jazz splinters into different camps: cool and hot, East and West, traditional and modern. One by one, the big bands leave the road, but Duke Ellington keeps his band together, while Louis Armstrong puts together a small group, the "All-Stars." Promoter Norman Granz insists on equal treatment for every member of his integrated troupes on his Jazz at the Philharmonic Tours. Meanwhile, bebop musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker are creating some of the most inventive jazz ever played but a devastating narcotics plague sweeps through the jazz community, ruining lives and changing the dynamics of performance. And a number of great performers including Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, Paul Desmond, Bille Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Lewis find new ways to bring new audiences to jazz.
African American musicians African Americans Armstrong, Louis,--1901-1971 Bechet, Sidney,--1897-1959 Biography Biography--Pictorial works Books Brubeck, Dave Coltrane, John,--1926-1967 Composers Criticism, interpretation, etc. Crosby, Bing,--1903-1977 Davis, Miles Depressions Documentary television programs Drama Elderly poor Ellington, Duke,--1899-1974 Fiction films Film adaptations Fitzgerald, Ella Foreclosure Gillespie, Dizzy,--1917-1993 Goodman, Benny,--1909-1986 Henderson, Fletcher,--1897-1952 History Holiday, Billie,--1915-1959 Jazz Jazz dance Jazz musicians Lawrence, Josephine,--1897?-1978 Louisiana--New Orleans Married people Melodramas (Motion pictures) Miller, Glenn,--1904-1944 Motion pictures Music Music--Instruction and study New York (State)--New York Parent and adult child Parker, Charlie,--1920-1955 Performing arts Pictorial works Popular music Reviews Separation (Psychology) Shaw, Artie,--1910-2004 Singers United States Webb, Chick
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