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Shipton, Alyn

Overview
Works: 55 works in 288 publications in 4 languages and 16,164 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  History  Interviews  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Writer of accompanying material, Editor, Other, Performer, Instrumentalist
Classifications: ML3506, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Alyn Shipton
A new history of jazz by Alyn Shipton( Book )

57 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 2,308 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
Groovin' high : the life of Dizzy Gillespie by Alyn Shipton( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,324 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
Hi-de-ho : the life of Cab Calloway by Alyn Shipton( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 589 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
A life in jazz by Danny Barker( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 523 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 )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brass by Alyn Shipton( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and French and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and pictures introduce the brass family of instruments, such as trumpets, trombones, tubas, and their relatives
Nilsson : the life of a singer-songwriter by Alyn Shipton( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 414 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
Percussion by Alyn Shipton( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in French and English and held by 407 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 1984 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 393 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 )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and French and held by 387 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 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces the keyboard family of instruments, electronic music, and the role of the conductor
Fats Waller : the cheerful little earful by Alyn Shipton( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz makers : vanguards of sound by Alyn Shipton( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 270 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
Singing by Alyn Shipton( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in French and English and held by 269 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 )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 258 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
Handful of keys : conversations with thirty jazz pianists by Alyn Shipton( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buddy Bolden and the last days of Storyville by Danny Barker( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 235 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( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this biography, Shipton examines the fascinating mix of ingredients that comprised the man and his music, and in the process draws a vivid picture of Carr?s home region, 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 1960s onwards. The book shows that jazz does not have to have an American accent to be original and innovative, and to inspire audiences around the world
Jazz me blues : the autobiography of Chris Barber by Chris Barber( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiography of jazz trombonist Chris Barber whose Barber band achieved chart success on both sides of the Atlantic, and from the middle to late 1950s it was the most popular music act in the UK
 
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A new history of jazz
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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Languages
English (192)

French (13)

Italian (4)

Danish (1)

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Groovin' high : the life of Dizzy GillespieHi-de-ho : the life of Cab CallowayLullaby of BirdlandFats Waller : the cheerful little earfulJazz makers : vanguards of soundI feel a song coming on : the life of Jimmy McHughHandful of keys : conversations with thirty jazz pianistsBuddy Bolden and the last days of StoryvilleOut of the long dark : the life of Ian Carr