WorldCat Identities

Lees, Gene

Works: 191 works in 389 publications in 1 language and 11,709 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Dictionaries  Interviews  Jazz  Biographies  Portraits  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Writer of accompanying material, Lyricist, Performer, Composer, Other, Author of introduction, Translator
Classifications: ML394, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Gene Lees
Most widely held works by Gene Lees
Singers and the song by Gene Lees( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses Piaf, Mercer, Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Haymes, Friedhofer, Ellington, Jo Stafford
Oscar Peterson : the will to swing by Gene Lees( Book )

35 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1949, from relative obscurity, Montreal-born Oscar Peterson blazed on the scene with a Carnegie Hall debut. He was 24 and offered a unique "swing" style punctuated by the dazzling virtuosity that no one had seen before. Lees recounts Peterson's childhood and what it meant to be black and talented in 1940s Canada. He provides vivid description of his father, Daniel, a railway porter and severe taskmaster, anxious for his children's future and opposed to his son choosing jazz over classical music (Peterson's brother and sister both being accomplished musicians, themselves)
Meet me at Jim & Andy's : jazz musicians and their world by Gene Lees( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of biographical essays focusing on major jazz instrumentalists and bandleaders
Duets by Tony Bennett( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett returns with a new collection of superstar duets that includes collaborations with Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, and Lady Gaga. Duets II also includes Bennett and Amy Winehouse performing Body and Soul
Cats of any color : jazz black and white by Gene Lees( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was Louis Armstrong who said, "These people who make the restrictions, they don't know nothing about music. It's no crime for cats of any color to get together and blow." "You can't know what it means to be black in the United States--in any field," Dizzy Gillespie once said, but Gillespie vigorously objected to the proposition that only black people could play jazz. "If you accept that premise, well then what you're saying is that maybe black people can only play jazz. And black people, like anyone else, can be anything they want to be." In Cats of Any Color, Gene Lees takes a look at the pervasiveness of racism in jazz's past and present--both the white racism that long ghettoized the music and generations of talented black musicians, and what Lees maintains is an increasingly virulent reverse racism aimed at white jazz musicians. In candid interviews, living jazz legends, critics, and composers step forward and share their thoughts on how racism has affected their lives. Dave Brubeck, part Modoc Indian, discusses Native Americans' contribution to jazz and the deeply ingrained racism that for a time made it all but impossible for jazz groups with black and white players to book tours and television appearances. Horace Silver looks back on his long career, including the first time he ever heard jazz played live. Blacks were not not allowed into the pavilion in Connecticut where Jimmie Lunceford's band was performing, so the ten-year-old Silver listened and watched through the wooden slats surrounding the pavilion. "And oh man! That was it!" Silver recalls. Red Rodney recalls his early days with Charlie "Bird" Parker, and pianist and composer Cedar Walton tells of the time Duke Ellington played at the army base at Ford Dix and allowed the young enlisted Walton to sit in. --From publisher's description
The modern rhyming dictionary : how to write lyrics : including a practical guide to lyric writing for songwriters and poets by Gene Lees( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dictionary of rhymes is arranged alphabetically by the last syllable or group of syllables
Leader of the band : the life of Woody Herman by Gene Lees( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now comes the book that jazz lovers (and Lees's fans) have been waiting for - Leader of the Band, a vivid, full-scale biography of Woody Herman. Asked by Herman in 1986 to write his biography, Gene Lees has spent close to a decade working on it, interviewing many of Herman's childhood friends and lifelong acquaintances as well as numerous musicians
Waiting for Dizzy by Gene Lees( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Bix Beiderbecke to Dizzy Gillespie, from swing to be-bop, from the 1920s to the 1990s, Lees provides portraits of some of the most important and beloved figures in jazz history.-Derived from book jacket
You can't steal a gift : Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and Nat by Gene Lees( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, an eminent jazz chronicler writes of his encounters with four great black musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and Nat "King" Cole. Equal parts memoir, oral history, and commentary, each of the main chapters is a minibiography, weaving together conversations Gene Lees had with the musicians and their families, friends, and associates over a period of several decades." "Lees begins the book with an essay that tells of his introduction to the world of jazz and his reaction to racism in the United States when he emigrated from Canada in 1955. The underlying theme in his book is the impact racism had on the four musicians' lives and careers and their determination to overcome it. As Lees writes, "No white person can even begin to understand the black experience in the United States ... All [of the four jazz makers] are men who had every reason to embrace bitterness - and didn't.""--Résumé de l'éditeur
Did they mention the music? by Henry Mancini( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most successful film composers of our time is Henry Mancini. His award-winning scores for Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, the Pink Panther movies, and more than seventy others have delighted moviegoers for more than thirty years. His recorde albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies, and his twenty Grammy Awards stand on the shelves of his home next to four Oscar statuettes. These are the memoirs of a man who has never forgotten his roots or the people who helped him along the way. -Derived from Book Jacket
Friends along the way : a journey through jazz by Gene Lees( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than half a century, jazz writer and lyricist Gene Lees has been the friend of many in the world of jazz music. In this book he offers minibiographies of fifteen of these friends - some of them jazz greats, some lesser-known figures, and some up-and-comers. Combining conversations and memoirs with critical commentary, Lees's profiles will captivate jazz fans, performers, and historians alike."--Jacket
Portrait of Johnny : the life of John Herndon Mercer by Gene Lees( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of songwriter John Herndon Mercer, discussing his childhood in Savannah, success as a Hollywood songwriter, battles with alcoholism, personal relationships, impact on the music world, and other related topics
Inventing champagne : the worlds of Lerner and Loewe by Gene Lees( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Singers and the song II by Gene Lees( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gene Lees is probably the best jazz essayist in America today, and the book that consolidated his reputation was Singers and the Song, which appeared in 1987. Now this classic volume is being rereleased in an expanded edition. The new edition retains a number of famous pieces from the original volume, some in expanded form, such as Lees's classic profile of Frank Sinatra. Lees has also retained his marvelous essay on lyric writing, his piece on the art of Edith Piaf, and his admiring look at the genius of songwriter Johnny Mercer. The expanded edition offers seven new essays that are no less accomplished. Here readers will find a wonderful tribute to "the sweetest voice in the world," Ella Fitzgerald; a moving interview with Jackie and Roy Kral; Lees's account of his involvement with Bossa Nova music and his collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim. We also read about Julius La Rosa, the lyrics of "Yip" Harburg, Harry Warren's unforgettable compositions, and the elegant Arthur Schwartz, writer of "Dancing in the Dark" and many other memorable songs. Here then is an engaging volume that weaves together colorful portraits of major performers and insightful glimpses into the art of singing and songwriting [Publisher description]
Jazz lives : 100 portraits in jazz by Gene Lees( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz musicians from the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Japan, presented with duotone photographs and individual profiles, arranged chronologically, beginning with the oldest practitioners of jazz and continuing to the youngest
Arranging the score : portraits of the great arrangers by Gene Lees( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These thirteen original essays draw together Gene Lee's observations on the craft of the arranger. Covering the field from big bands to films to studio backings for singers, Lees brings his characteristic blend of personal and inside knowledge, reportage and criticism to bear on major figures in the development of large band writing. His portrait of Miles Davis's arranger Gil Evans is one of the few essays written on this significant composer, and the majority of the other arrangers featured in the book have not been the subjects of in-depth portraits."--Jacket
The musical worlds of Lerner and Loewe by Gene Lees( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) and composer Frederick Loewe (1901-1988) wrote some of the most successful musical shows on Broadway and in motion-picture history: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi, and Paint Your Wagon. They worked with stars such as Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Audrey Hepburn, Louis Jourdan, and Robert Goulet. Lerner was raised on Park Avenue, attended Choate and Harvard, lost sight in one eye from a boxing injury, and was legendary for his eight marriages and countless affairs on the side. Loewe was born in Berlin and in 1925 came to New York, where he played piano in silent-movie theaters. After a brief career as a boxer and then as a Montana cowboy, he returned to New York and to songwriting. In The Musical Worlds of Lerner and Loewe, Gene Lees has fashioned a readable, in-depth portrait of two creative talents: how they met and joined forces to create some of the finest musical theater, and also how marriages, legendary affairs, addictions, and backstage friction affected their art in many surprising ways [Publisher description]
Solo flight : the genius of Charlie Christian by Charlie Christian( Recording )

1 edition published in 1972 and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adventures in time by Dave Brubeck( Recording )

1 edition published in 1971 and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz lives : one hundred portraits in jazz by Gene Lees( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Singers and the song
Alternative Names

controlled identityMorgan, Max

Frederick Eugene John "Gene" Lees

Gene Lees Canadees taalkundige (1928-2010)

Gene Lees kanadischer Musikjournalist und Jazzautor

Lees, Eugene Frederick John

Lees, Eugene Frederick John 1928-2010

Lees, Frederick Eugene John

Lees, Frederick Eugene John 1928-2010

Morgan, Max.

Morgan, Max 1928-2010


English (182)

Oscar Peterson : the will to swingMeet me at Jim & Andy's : jazz musicians and their worldCats of any color : jazz black and whiteThe modern rhyming dictionary : how to write lyrics : including a practical guide to lyric writing for songwriters and poetsLeader of the band : the life of Woody HermanWaiting for DizzyYou can't steal a gift : Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and NatDid they mention the music?