WorldCat Identities

Shipton, Alyn

Works: 49 works in 274 publications in 3 languages and 15,560 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  History  Interviews  Discographies  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Writer of accompanying material, Editor, Other, Performer, Instrumentalist
Classifications: ML3506, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alyn Shipton
A new history of jazz by Alyn Shipton( Book )

51 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 2,314 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 1,331 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 )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 587 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 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pianist George Shearing is that rare thing, a European jazz musician who became a household name in the US, as a result of the 'Shearing sound' - the recordings of his historic late 1940s quintet. Together with his unique 'locked hands' approach to playing the piano, Shearing's quintet with guitar and vibraphone in close harmony to his own playing revolutionised small group jazz, and ensured that after seven years as Melody Maker's top British pianist, he achieved even greater success in America
Fats Waller : his life & times by Alyn Shipton( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fats Waller (1904-1943) was an outsize man in all respects: five feet, eleven inches tall, he weighed 285 pounds. The greatest of the Harlem stride pianists, he composed hundreds of songs, he led a band that made over 400 recordings, and he wrote severa
Nilsson : the life of a singer-songwriter by Alyn Shipton( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 412 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 )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 411 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
Fats Waller : the cheerful little earful by Alyn Shipton( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woodwinds by Alyn Shipton( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and French and held by 400 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 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in French and English and held by 283 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 257 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 253 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 234 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
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 182 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
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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English (182)

Italian (4)

French (4)

Groovin' high : the life of Dizzy GillespieHi-de-ho : the life of Cab CallowayLullaby of BirdlandFats Waller : the cheerful little earfulI feel a song coming on : the life of Jimmy McHughHandful of keys : conversations with thirty jazz pianistsBuddy Bolden and the last days of StoryvilleI guess I'll get the papers and go home : the life of Doc Cheatham