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Shipton, Alyn

Works: 85 works in 368 publications in 4 languages and 18,716 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Autobiographies  History  Literature  Interviews  Discographies  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Editor, Writer of accompanying material, Other, Instrumentalist, Performer
Classifications: ML3506, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alyn Shipton
Groovin' high : the life of Dizzy Gillespie by Alyn Shipton( )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2,701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most important and best-loved musicians in jazz history. With his horn-rimmed glasses, goatee, jive talk, and upraised trumpet bell, he was the hipster who most personified bebop. The musical heir to Louis Armstrong, he created the modern jazz trumpet-playing style and dazzled aficionados and popular audiences alike for over 50 years. 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
Hi-de-ho : the life of Cab Calloway by Alyn Shipton( )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 2,342 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 new history of jazz by Alyn Shipton( Book )

65 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 2,228 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
Jazz makers : vanguards of sound by Alyn Shipton( )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,488 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( )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 1,483 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
Nilsson : the life of a singer-songwriter by Alyn Shipton( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,475 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
Out of the long dark : the life of Ian Carr by Alyn Shipton( )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 899 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
Buddy Bolden and the last days of Storyville by Danny Barker( )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 830 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."
A life in jazz by Danny Barker( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a musician who grew up in New Orleans, and later worked in New York with the major swing orchestras of Lucky Millinder and Cab Calloway, Barker is uniquely placed to give an authoritative but personal view of jazz history. In this book he discusses his life in music, from the children's 'spasm' bands of the seventh ward of New Orleans, through the experience of brass bands and jazz funerals involving his grandfather, Isidore Barbarin, to his early days on the road with the blues singer Little Brother Montgomery. Later he goes on to discuss New York, and the jazz scene he found there in 1930. His work with Jelly Roll Morton, as well as the lesser-known bands of Fess Williams and Albert Nicholas, is covered before a full account of his years with Millinder, Benny Carter and Calloway, including a description of Dizzy Gillespie's impact on jazz, is given. The final chapters discuss Barker's career from the late 1940s. Starting with the New York dixieland scene at Ryan's and Condon's he talks of his work with Wilbur de Paris, James P. Johnson and This is Jazz, before discussing his return to New Orleans and New Orleans Jazz Museum. A collection of Barker's photographs
Fats Waller : the cheerful little earful by Alyn Shipton( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The greatest of the Harlem "stride" pianists, Fats Waller composed hundreds of songs, led a band that made over 400 recordings, and wrote several Broadway shows. In this fully revised and updated biography of Waller, Alyn Shipton re-examines his career, arguing that his talents as a songwriter, show composer, and brilliant recording and broadcasting artist have not been fully appreciated
Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 502 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( )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brass by Alyn Shipton( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and French and held by 379 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 )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and French and held by 362 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 )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the string family of instruments, such as the violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar and their relatives
Woodwinds by Alyn Shipton( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and French and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and pictures introduce the woodwind family of instruments, such as flutes, saxophones, oboes, bassoons, and their relatives. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
Keyboards and electronic music by Alyn Shipton( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces the keyboard family of instruments, electronic music, and the role of the conductor. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
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 270 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
Singing by Alyn Shipton( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and French and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over de theorie, praktijk en geschiedenis van de zangkunst
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
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Groovin' high : the life of Dizzy Gillespie
Hi-de-ho : the life of Cab CallowayA new history of jazzJazz makers : vanguards of soundHandful of keys : conversations with thirty jazz pianistsOut of the long dark : the life of Ian CarrBuddy Bolden and the last days of StoryvilleFats 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 (238)

French (15)

Danish (2)

Italian (2)