WorldCat Identities

Shipton, Alyn

Works: 67 works in 326 publications in 4 languages and 16,354 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Biographies  History  Interviews  Discographies 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Editor, Writer of accompanying material, Other, Performer, Instrumentalist
Classifications: ML3506, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alyn Shipton
Groovin' high : the life of Dizzy Gillespie by Alyn Shipton( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most important and best-loved musicians in jazz history. In this first full biography, Alyn Shipton covers all aspects of Dizzy's remarkable life and career, taking us through his days as a flashy trumpet player in the swing bands of the 1930s, his innovative bebop work in the 1940s, the worldwide fame and adoration he earned through his big band tours in the 1950s, and the many recordings and performances which defined a career that extended into the early 1990s. Along the way, Shipton convincingly argues that Gillespie - rather than Charlie Parker as is widely believed - had the greatest role in creating bebop, playing in key jazz groups, teaching the music to others, and helping to develop the first original bebop repertory
A new history of jazz by Alyn Shipton( Book )

59 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 2,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of jazz music in the United States and abroad that focuses on the personalities who were behind the creation of the music
Hi-de-ho : the life of Cab Calloway by Alyn Shipton( )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 2,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than any other source, Hi-De-Ho stands as an entertaining, not-to-be-missed portrait of Cab Calloway--one that expertly frames his enduring significance as a pioneering artist and entertainer. --Book Jacket
Jazz makers : vanguards of sound by Alyn Shipton( )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

520: : A collection of autobiographies divided into six sections (jazz pioneers, swing, piano greats, bebop, cool jazz, and contemporary jazz) feature historical overviews and cover over fifty jazz performers
Handful of keys : conversations with thirty jazz pianists by Alyn Shipton( )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pianists occupy a unique place in the story of jazz. Above all, piano jazz is about the individuals who have made their own contributions to the style. In this collection, Alyn Shipton draws together conversations with many of the key practitioners, spanning the period from the birth of bebop to the present. --From book jacket
Buddy Bolden and the last days of Storyville by Danny Barker( )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first volume of Barker's memoirs, A Life in Jazz, followed him from New Orleans into the big bands of Cab Calloway and Benny Carter. He was working on this-the second volume-for some years before his death in 1994. Beginning with an extended portrait of Buddy Bolden as recalled by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton and Bunk Johnson as well as Barker himself, this book draws together a lifetime of stories and the vivid characters who populated "Storyville."Danny Barker (1909-1994) sang and played the guitar and banjo on over 1,000 jazz, swing, blues, and bebop records. He is a member
Out of the long dark : the life of Ian Carr by Alyn Shipton( )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few British jazz musicians have been at the cutting edge of as many movements as Ian Carr. A pioneer bebop player in his youth, a colleague of Eric Burdon and John McLaughlin in the R'n'B explosion of the sixties, co-leader of one of Britain's most innovative jazz groups - the Rendell-Carr Quintet - a free-jazz colleague of John Stevens and Trevor Watts, and the founding father of jazz rock in the UK, with his band Nucleus, Carr's musical career alone is remarkable, and a one-man history of British jazz in the sixties and seventies. Add to that his work as a member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, and with such distinguished leaders as George Russell, Stan Tracey and Mike Gibbs, and his work as a player seems even more extraordinary." "Yet Ian Carr is also one of the most perceptive critical writers and broadcasters about jazz, being not only the co-author of The Rough Guide to Jazz, but also the celebrated biographer of Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis. In recent years he has transformed his writing talents into making innovative and prize-winning films on the music he loves, for which he has always been a fearless and outspoken advocate from the time of his 1973 book Music Outside. He has been a professor of jazz at London's Guildhall School of Music since the eighties and was founder of the jazz workshop at the Interchange arts scheme." "In this full length biography, Alyn Shipton examines the fascinating mix of ingredients that comprise the man and his music, and in the process draws a vivid picture of Carr's home region, the North-East of England, of National Service, of such literary influences as W. Somerset Maughan, of post-war continental Europe and its Bohemian arts scene, and of the London jazz world from the sixties onwards. The book shows that jazz does not have to have an American accent to be original and innovative, and to inspire audiences all around the world."--BOOK JACKET
Fats Waller : the cheerful little earful by Alyn Shipton( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nilsson : the life of a singer-songwriter by Alyn Shipton( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He won Grammy awards, wrote and recorded hit songs, and yet no figure in popular music is as much of a paradox, or as underrated, as Harry Nilsson. In this first ever full-length biography, Alyn Shipton traces Nilsson's life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence and his gradual emergence as a uniquely talented singer-songwriter. With interviews from friends, family, and associates, and material drawn from an unfinished autobiography, Shipton probes beneath the enigma to discover the real Harry Nilsson. Nilsson shunned live performance--his venue was the recording studio. He was a gifted composer of songs for a wide variety of performers, including the Ronettes, the Yardbirds, and the Monkees, yet Nilsson's own biggest hits were almost all written by other songwriters. He won two Grammy awards, had two top ten singles, numerous album successes, and wrote a number of songs that still sound remarkably fresh and original today. Near the end of his life, Nilsson's career was marked by voice-damaging substance abuse and the infamous deaths of both Keith Moon and Mama Cass in his London flat. Alyn Shipton's biography offers readers an intimate portrait of a man who has seemed both famous and unknowable--until now."--Publisher description
A life in jazz by Danny Barker( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His compositions have been recorded by everyone from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, and his best known pieces include "Lullaby of Birdland", "She" and "Conception"."--Jacket
Fats Waller : his life & times by Alyn Shipton( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brass by Alyn Shipton( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in French and English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and pictures introduce the brass family of instruments, such as trumpets, trombones, tubas, and their relatives
Percussion by Alyn Shipton( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and French and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes various types of percussion instruments--including different drums, xylophones, cymbals, and shakers--discussing how they are played and their use in music around the world
Strings by Alyn Shipton( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the string family of instruments, such as the violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar and their relatives. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
Woodwinds by Alyn Shipton( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and French and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and pictures introduce the woodwind family of instruments, such as flutes, saxophones, oboes, bassoons, and their relatives
Keyboards and electronic music by Alyn Shipton( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces the keyboard family of instruments, electronic music, and the role of the conductor
Singing by Alyn Shipton( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in French and English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines vocal music throughout history, discussing how the voice works, different kinds of singing and songs, and the technology involved in recording and playing back vocal music
I feel a song coming on : the life of Jimmy McHugh by Alyn Shipton( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of prolific songwriter/composer Jimmy McHugh who wrote for Duke Ellington, Shirley Temple and other singers of numerous genre's ranging from ragtime to rock and roll
I guess I'll get the papers and go home : the life of Doc Cheatham by Doc Cheatham( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Big Band era, Cheatham played with McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Teddy Wilson's Orchestra as well as Calloway, and gives a fascinating insider's view of the life of a black jazz musician in the swing era. Later, Cheatham worked in Latin American bands before revitalizing his jazz career in the 1960s to become a much-in-demand soloist, famous for his work with Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, as well as with his own Quartet, resident for many years at New York's Sweet Basil
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A new history of jazz
A new history of jazzHi-de-ho : the life of Cab CallowayJazz makers : vanguards of soundHandful of keys : conversations with thirty jazz pianistsBuddy Bolden and the last days of StoryvilleOut of the long dark : the life of Ian CarrFats Waller : the cheerful little earfulLullaby of Birdland
Alternative Names
Alyn Shipton Brits journalist

Alyn Shipton englischer Jazzautor und Jazzjournalist

Alyn Shipton writer, broadcaster and "Times" jazz critic

Shipton, Alyn 1953-

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English (217)

French (15)

Italian (4)

Danish (2)