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Nicholson, Stuart 1948-

Works: 36 works in 193 publications in 5 languages and 8,262 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Rock music  Discographies  Jazz  Program music  Jazz-rock (Music)  Third stream (Music)  Songs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer, Other, Adapter
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stuart Nicholson
Ella Fitzgerald : a biography of the first lady of jazz by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

36 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the fullest-ever account of Ella's life, and Stuart Nicholson draws almost exclusively on fresh research and on interviews with many of Ella's friends and colleagues who have not cooperated with other writers, including an interview with Norman Granz, Ella's longtime manager and the producer behind her legendary Songbook series. Within two years of her professional debut as a gauche sixteen-year-old, Ella had achieved stardom with a million-selling record. By the 1950s, she was feted by the rich and famous throughout the world and collaborating with all the greatest artists in jazz and popular music, from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Yet, as Stuart Nicholson shows, while hailed abroad as a cultural ambassador for her country, she had to endure vicious racism at home, including a sensational arrest scandal on trumped-up charges in the Deep South
Billie Holiday by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through extensive interviews and examination of newspaper accounts, court records, and FBI and police files, Nicholson presents Holiday's life and career, including her battles with drug addiction and alcoholism, her arrest and imprisonment for heroin possession, her sex life, and her struggles against racial prejudice
Jazz and culture in a global age by Stuart Nicholson( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the past, present, and future of jazz in a global context
Reminiscing in tempo : a portrait of Duke Ellington by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stuart Nicholson's major centennial celebration of Ellington's life and times aims to rediscover a man, not simply laud an icon. In an innovative approach to biography, Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington pieces together Ellington's eventful life through the first-hand reminiscences of those who knew him best - his wife, his sister, his son; the personalities who made up his band; personal friends, business associates, and, of course, Ellington himself. These dramatic, often emotional accounts build a vivid yet intimate impression of a legend, a striking portrait reconnecting Ellington to the present, and offers an authenticity that can come only from those who participated in and witnessed his history." "This account provides insight into his creative process, his voracious appetite for sex and his obsession with religion. And it explores the battles of a man rising to international recognition in a society riddled with racial discrimination, whose unbowed pride in his race broke down barriers of prejudice in the world of white entertainment."--Jacket
Ella Fitzgerald : the complete biography by Stuart Nicholson( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stuart Nicholson's biography of Ella Fitzgerald is considered a classic in jazz literature. Drawing on original documents, interviews, and new information, Nicholson draws a complete picture of Fitzgerald's professional and personal life. Fitzgerald rose from being a pop singer with chart-novelty hits in the late '30s to become a bandleader and then one of the greatest interpreters of American popular song. Along with Billie Holiday, she virtually defined the female voice in jazz, and countless others followed in her wake and acknowledged her enormous influence. Continuing to perform until age and illness made it impossible for her to go on, she left behind an incredible body of work, most still available on CDs today." "Fitzgerald was guarded about the facts of her life; a shy and self-effacing woman, she let her voice speak for itself. She rarely gave interviews on personal subjects, and discussed her life in only the most general terms. Coming from humble circumstances, even her birth date was widely misreported until Nicholson unearthed her original birth certificate. Through painstaking research and personal interviews with Fitzgerald's family, friends, and fellow musicians, Stuart Nicholson offers the first full picture of this singer's life and times." "For any lover of jazz or a fan of American popular music, Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete Biography is must-reading."--Jacket
Jazz rock : a history by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the last three decades, no musical innovation in jazz has been more important - or controversial - than the wedding of jazz improvisation with rock music."--BOOK JACKET. "Nicholson's lively text begins with the impact of the Beatles and the British Invasion on American popular culture and how the unexpected rise of rock music in the 1960s almost overwhelmed jazz. He charts how young jazz musicians, growing up in the rock explosion, began experimenting with incorporating the best of rock's energy into their music. Players like drummer Tony Williams, guitarist Larry Coryell, vibists Gary Burton and Mike Mainieri, and pianist Mike Nock, all brought a young sensibility to a music that was in danger of becoming ossified. Meanwhile, rock returned the compliment with groups like Blood, Sweat & Tears, Electric Flag, and Flock, that incorporated horns and jazz improvisation, and brought a vast new audience of young fans to the music."--BOOK JACKET. "But the real catalyst for change came in 1969 when Miles Davis leaped into the fray with the seminal album Bitches Brew. Davis's bands were a breeding ground for players who moved the music forward, including Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul's Weather Report, John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea's Return to Forever, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Nicholson examines how commercial excess eventually undid jazz-rock's early promise through FM-friendly fusion that favored rampant virtuosity, the cute cadences of pop music, and non-threatening electronics."--BOOK JACKET. "Finally, Nicholson shows how the original premise of jazz-rock, founded on risk, energy, and electricity, continues to be felt in jazz today. Out of sight of a comfortably accessible mainstream, the legacy of jazz-rock continues to flourish in the innovative work of musicians such as John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Steve Coleman, and other bold contemporary experimenters."--Jacket
Is jazz dead? : (or has it moved to a new address) by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved to a New Address) examines the state of jazz in America at the turn of the 21st century. In a recent 10-part documentary on Public Television, Ken Burns spent 8 out of 10 programs on jazz before World War II; controversially dealing with the last five decades of creative work in the United States in the final episode. Musicians themselves are returning to New Orleans, Swing, and Bebop styles, while the work of the '60s avant-garde and even '70s and '80s jazz-rock is roundly ignored. Meanwhile, global jazz musicians are creating new and exciting music that is just starting to be heard in the United States, offering a viable alternative to what many critics see as rampant conservatism here
The essential jazz records by Max Harrison( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz : the 1980s resurgence by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz : a beginner's guide by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jazz: a beginner's guide is a lively and highly accessible introduction to a global musical phenomenon. Award-winning music journalist and author Stuart Nicholson takes the reader on an entertaining journey from jazz's early stirrings in America's south through to the present day, when almost every country in the world has its own vibrant jazz scene. Along the way we meet a host of jazz heroes past and present, from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Miles Davis, to Keith Jarrett and Kamasi Washington. Each chapter is accompanied by a playlist designed to provide a stimulating and enjoyable entry point to what has been described as the most exciting art form of all"--Page 4 of cover
My Spanish heart( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in Undetermined and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz, the modern resurgence by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Duke Ellington : reminiscing in tempo by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviewfragmenten van vrienden, musici en andere tijdgenoten over de Amerikaanse jazzcomponist en orkestleider (1899-1974)
Ella Fitzgerald the complete biography by Stuart Nicholson( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Duke Ellington : reminiscing in tempo by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ella Fitzgerald by Stuart Nicholson( Recording )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrait of a musician who began her career as a jazz singer at sixteen and later crossed over to pop songs and Broadway music, the author relied on interviews with people who have known her for years
The essential jazz records by Max Harrison( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz by Stuart Nicholson( Book )

2 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ding dong! Merrily on high : for SATB chorus and organ( )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Jesus hath a garden : for SSA/piano( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ella Fitzgerald : a biography of the first lady of jazz
Billie HolidayReminiscing in tempo : a portrait of Duke EllingtonElla Fitzgerald : the complete biographyJazz rock : a historyIs jazz dead? : (or has it moved to a new address)The essential jazz recordsJazz : the 1980s resurgenceA portrait of Duke Ellington : reminiscing in tempo
Alternative Names
Stuart Nicholson autor británico

Stuart Nicholson (Autor) britischer Musikjournalist und -autor

Stuart Nicholson Brits auteur

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