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William Claxton: Jazzlife (Fo)

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    Joachim E Berendt(Author)

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Bands and blues: The ultimate, evocative jazz-trip through time

In 1960, photographer William Claxton and noted musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled the United States hot on the trail of jazz. Through music halls and marching bands, side streets and subways, they sought to document this living, breathing, beating musical phenomenon that enraptured America across social, economic, and racial lines.

The result of Claxton and Berendt’s collaboration was Jazzlife, much sought after by collectors and now revived in this fresh TASCHEN volume. From coast to coast, from unknown street performers to legends of the genre, this defining jazz journey explores just what made up this most original of American art forms. In New Orleans and New York, in St. Louis, Biloxi, Jackson, and beyond, Claxton’s rapturous yet tender images and accompanying texts examine jazz’s regional diversity as much as its pervasive vitality and soul. They show the music makers and the many spaces and people this music touched, from funeral parades to concert stages, from an elderly trumpet player to kids who hung from windows to catch a glimpse of a passing band.

With images of Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Gabor Szabo, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and many more, this is as much a compelling slice of history as it is a loving personal tribute.

Text in English, French, and German

Joachim E. Berendt (1922 2000) was a journalist, author, founding member of South West German Radio (Sudwestfunk), and a producer of more than 250 music records. His 1953 book Das Jazzbuch became the most successful history book on jazz worldwide. His vast collection of records, books, and jazz documents form the basis of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.William Claxton (1927-2008) began his career shooting jazz record cover art and made his name with images of such leading musicians Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday. His work was featured in Life, Paris Match, and Vogue and in galleries around the world.

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  • PDF | 600 pages
  • Joachim E Berendt(Author)
  • TASCHEN; Slp Mul edition (29 July 2016)
  • English
  • 8
  • Music, Stage & Screen

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  • By Guest on 14 May 2017

    All that Jazz.

  • By Bob Wright on 28 October 2016

    I haven't had the opportunity to see this very recent issue, but I have had a slightly earlier edition for several years and it continues to bring me joy whenever I open it. The text by the late Joachim Berendt, a German musicologist, continues to inform and educate as well as to entertain, and Bill Claxton's photographs (a mix of black-and-white and colour) remain a constant treat for anyone with any interest in jazz - whether they be of Stan Kenton working on music scores, Paul Desmond sitting at a piano and grinning broadly (mimicking his boss, Dave Brubeck), or Muggsy Spanier playing his trumpet, saxophonist James Clay and guitarist Wes Montgomery, Zoot Sims and Kenny Drew, Gerry Mulligan's quartet at the Hollywood Bowl, a gang of leading modern jazz musicians gathered at vibraphonist/bandleader Terry Gibbs' house for a Sunday jam session, Peggy Lee in an NBC studio, Count Basie and Benny Carter at work on a score together, Duke Ellington at a Monterey jazz festival, Roland Kirk in a studio playing manzello, stritch and tenor saxophone simultaneously, or any of the hundreds more. Our local Jazz Appreciation Society in Letchworth recently purchased a copy of the latest, very handsome, edition (complete with sturdy slip-case) for one of our members who was leaving the area, and he has reported his pleasure at being able to dip into its pages frequently.

  • By Guest on 24 January 2017

    Fantastic book! Including beautiful photos... really recommend

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