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Buddy Bolden and the Last Days of Storyville by Danny Barker

Buddy Bolden and the Last Days of Storyville

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Buddy Bolden and the Last Days of Storyville by Danny Barker

In 1986, jazz guitarist, banjoist, singer and composer Danny Barker (who died in 1994) published the first volume of his memoirs A Life in Jazz, which was widely praised as an addition to the history of jazz. This is a further selection of Barker's writings (beginning with a long portrait of Buddy Bolden, the first man of jazz ) drawn from conversations and interviews with the generation of jazzmen that invented the music. Many of those interviewed were musicians Danny Barker knew and worked with. The book also contains Barker's own recollections of Storyville in its dying days, plus more material dating from his pioneering period of work in the big bands, with a memoir of trombonist Charlie Green, and of life on the road with Cab Calloway


. is the story and the manner in which it is told that makes this book an entertaining read. -Mike Hazeldine, New Orleans Music All in all this is an immensely entertaining book, although you have to make an effort to seperate fact from's one of the few books I have picked up and found difficult to put down again. Thouroughly recommended. -Eddie Cook, Jazz Journal Interantional Barker was one of the first African-Americans to record recollections of [New Orleans'] musical and social heritage. Much of it involved his own family; his relations had first-hand knowledge of legendary figures like Buddy Bolden, the cornettist reckoned to be the key figure in the emergence of jazz. -The Economist

About the Author

Danny Barker (1900-94) was one of the great originals of jazz, a witty singer and performer, and a member of some of the most prestigious bands in jazz history, including those led by Henry Allen, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter and Lucky Millinder. Alyn Shipton presents jazz radio programmes for the BBC and is a critic for The Times in London. He is the author of several books on music as well as a music publisher and editor. His most recent book is Groovin' High: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie published by Oxford University Press in 1999, voted Book of the Year by Jazz Times and winner of the 2000 ARSC award for best research in recorded sound.

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Publication date

1st September 2001


Danny Barker

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


186 pages


Biography: arts & entertainment



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