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Gourse, Leslie

Overview
Works: 40 works in 179 publications in 3 languages and 12,385 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Biographies  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: ML420.C63, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Leslie Gourse
Unforgettable : the life and mystique of Nat King Cole by Leslie Gourse( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of this American musical icon--his songs, his times his triumphs, and his tragedies
Sassy : the life of Sarah Vaughan by Leslie Gourse( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of jazz musician Sarah Vaughan from her childhood to rise in the music business
Madame Jazz : contemporary women instrumentalists by Leslie Gourse( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nadine Jansen, a flugelhornist and pianist, remembers a night in the 1940s when a man came out of the audience as she was playing both instruments. "I hate to see a woman do that," he explained as he hit the end of her horn, nearly chipping her tooth. Half a century later, a big band named Diva made its debut in New York on March 30, 1993, with Melissa Slocum on bass, Sue Terry on alto sax, Lolly Bienenfeld on trombone, Sherrie Maricle on drums, and a host of other first rate instrumentalists. The band made such a good impression that it was immediately booked to play at Carnegie Hall the following year. For those who had yet to notice, Diva signaled the emergence of women musicians as a significant force in jazz. Madame Jazz is a fascinating invitation to the inside world of women in jazz. Ranging primarily from the late 1970s to today's vanguard of performance jazz in New York City and on the West Coast, it chronicles a crucial time of transition as women make the leap from novelty acts regarded as second class citizens to sought-out professionals admired and hired for their consummate musicianship. Author Leslie Gourse surveys the scene in the jazz clubs, the concert halls, the festivals, and the recording studios from the musicians' point of view. She finds exciting progress on all fronts, but also lingering discrimination. The growing success of women instrumentalists has been a long time in coming, she writes. Long after women became accepted as writers and, to a lesser extent, as visual artists, women in music - classical, pop, or jazz - faced the nearly insuperable barrier of chauvinism and the still insidious force of tradition and habit that keeps most men performing with the musicians they have always worked with, other men. Gourse provides dozens of captivating no-holds-barred interviews with both rising stars and seasoned veterans. Here are up-and-coming pianists Renee Rosnes and Rachel Z., trumpeter Rebecca Coupe Frank, saxophonist Virginia Mayhew, bassist Tracy Wormworth, and drummer Terri Lynne Carrington, and enduring legends Dorothy Donegan, Marian McPartland, and Shirley Horn. Here, as well, are conversations with three pioneering business women: agent and producer Helen Keane, manager Linda Goldstein, and festival and concert producer Cobi Narita. All of the women speak insightfully about their inspiration and their commitment to pursuing the music they love. They are also frank about the realities of life on the road, and the extra dues women musicians pay in a tough and competitive field where everybody pays dues. A separate chapter offers a closer look at women musicians and the continual stress confronting those who would combine love, marriage, and/or motherhood with a life in music. Madame Jazz is about the history that women jazz instrumentalists are making now, as well as an inspiring preview of the even brighter days ahead. It concludes with Frankie Nemko's lively evaluation of the West Coast jazz scene, and appends the most comprehensive list ever assembled of women currently playing instruments professionally
Louis' children : American jazz singers by Leslie Gourse( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Straight, no chaser : the life and genius of Thelonious Monk by Leslie Gourse( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and French and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Amerikaanse jazzpianist en -componist (1917-1982)
Sophisticated ladies : the great women of jazz by Leslie Gourse( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles fourteen women jazz singers
Wynton Marsalis : Skain's domain : a biography by Leslie Gourse( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every day : the story of Joe Williams by Leslie Gourse( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ella Fitzgerald companion : seven decades of commentary( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No woman in the history of jazz has achieved the international acclaim of Ella Fitzgerald. "The First Lady of Jazz" won thirteen Grammies during her career, spanning over fifty years. Now, for the first time since her 1996 death, fascinating interviews, articles, and reviews bring Ella Fitzgerald to life - from orphan to icon. Learn how the shy and complex singer whose voice "has peach fuzz on it" was discovered in Harlem and rose to be the highest-paid jazz singer in the world."--Jacket
The Billie Holiday companion : seven decades of commentary( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The talents and career of Billie Holiday are explored in the articles which make up this book. Rare interviews are included, along with contemporary reviews and writings by jazz critics, observers, and poets
Pocahontas by Leslie Gourse( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life of the Indian princess Pocahontas and her contact with English settlers, especially John Smith
Dizzy Gillespie and the birth of bebop by Leslie Gourse( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and career of jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie
Aretha Franklin : Lady Soul by Leslie Gourse( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life and career of soul and gospel singer, from her musical upbringing in Detroit to her struggles with personal heartache and racial prejudice and her success in the music industry
Wynton Marsalis : trumpet genius by Leslie Gourse( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the life and musical career of the African American trumpet player known for his performances of popular, jazz, and classical music
Billie Holiday : the tragedy and triumph of Lady Day by Leslie Gourse( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the story of the Afro-American woman who, despite a turbulent life, became one of the most famous singers in the history of jazz
Mahalia Jackson : queen of gospel song by Leslie Gourse( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the rise of the famous gospel singer from her early youth in New Orleans to her Chicago-based musical career
Carmen McRae : Miss Jazz by Leslie Gourse( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By the end of her life Carmen had performed all over the world, recorded over sixty albums, and been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Carmen McRae died on November 10, 1994"--Jacket
The Congress by Leslie Gourse( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs and text explain Congress--its history, how it works, and the role of its members and committees
Blowing on the changes : the art of the jazz horn players by Leslie Gourse( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces some of the most famous jazz horn players, focusing on trumpet and saxophone players
Jim Henson, young puppeteer by Leslie Gourse( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Jim Henson, the famous puppeteer and creator of the Muppets
 
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Madame Jazz : contemporary women instrumentalists
Alternative Names
Gourse, Roberta Leslie 1939-2004

Leslie Gourse American writer

Leslie Gourse Amerikaans auteur (1939-2004)

Leslie Gourse escriptora estatunidenca

Leslie Gourse escritora estadounidense

Leslie Gourse US-amerikanische Jazzautorin und Journalistin

Languages
English (131)

German (2)

French (1)

Covers
Sassy : the life of Sarah VaughanMadame Jazz : contemporary women instrumentalistsLouis' children : American jazz singersStraight, no chaser : the life and genius of Thelonious MonkSophisticated ladies : the great women of jazzWynton Marsalis : Skain's domain : a biographyThe Ella Fitzgerald companion : seven decades of commentaryThe Billie Holiday companion : seven decades of commentary