Meet Me At Jim & Andy's: Jazz Musicians And Their World

Meet Me At Jim & Andy's: Jazz Musicians And Their World

Meet Me At Jim Andy s Jazz Musicians And Their World Gene Lees author of the highly acclaimed Singers and the Song offers in Meet Me at Jim Andy s another tightly integrated collection of essays about postwar American music This time he focuses on m

  • Title: Meet Me At Jim & Andy's: Jazz Musicians And Their World
  • Author: Gene Lees
  • ISBN: 9780195065800
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gene Lees, author of the highly acclaimed Singers and the Song, offers, in Meet Me at Jim Andy s, another tightly integrated collection of essays about postwar American music This time he focuses on major jazz instrumentalists and bandleaders In a vivid series of portraits, Lees introduces the clientele of Jim Andy s, one of the most popular New York musicianGene Lees, author of the highly acclaimed Singers and the Song, offers, in Meet Me at Jim Andy s, another tightly integrated collection of essays about postwar American music This time he focuses on major jazz instrumentalists and bandleaders In a vivid series of portraits, Lees introduces the clientele of Jim Andy s, one of the most popular New York musicians haunts in the sixties This unforgettable gallery of individualists included Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Art Farmer, Billy Taylor, Gerry Mulligan, and Paul Desmond among many others Lees, himself a noted songwriter, writes about these musicians with vividness and intimacy Far from being the inarticulate jazz musicians of legend, they turn out to be eloquent indeed as the inventors of a colorful slang that has passed into the American language.

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    HOLY GOD this was an incredible book. I'm dying to recommend it to people but I know I'll get about as far as "I read this amazing collection of essays about jazz" and that will be that.The author writes about all aspects of the jazz world, from the hilarity of boozed-up players in their favoured NYC drinking hole of the '60s, to the heroin addiction, suicide and, in one case, murder that blighted the scene. He writes beautifully about the people and the craft and the life, and he held me spellb [...]

    i don't know, i shoulda been reading this Memoirs of a Geezer: Music, Mayhem, Life and this Kids of the Black Hole: Punk Rock in Post-Suburban California and this Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music instead of Lees, but oh well, this book had some, sort of entertaining stories and insights in to drug/jazz culture, back in the day.

    I seem to stand alone on this oneI was hoping for a looser oral history of jazz Reminiscences somewhat like 'Jazz Anecdote's' by the great Gerry Mulligan bassist Bill Crow. I have been a Jazz programmer and fan of the music for 3 decades, but I am not a musician. I can appreciate the author's skill in braking down music note by note, but it is boring and pompous sounding to those of us who don't play. I was very entertained by the more human exchanges that actually took place at the various jazz [...]

    Wonderful book of long essays written by a composer and journalist. Reminisces about such musicians as Art Farmer, BIll Evans, Billie Taylor, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, Duke, Paul Desmond, actress/singer Judy Holiday, and the various hangouts for jazz musicians like Jim and Andy's and Charlie's and other places I wish I had been able to visit.

    I wish the introductory chapter, a description and brief history of the old NYC professional musicians' hangout, Jim & Andy's, filled a book all on its own.

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