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Summary: Documentary portrait of jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC SUN

Summary: Jazz guitarist Talmage Holt Farlow embodied the unusual. The Greensboro, North Carolina native joined the New York City jazz scene in the late 1940s, where his highly innovative style and unique sense of harmony led to high acclaim. By 1958, the acclamations had become a question "What ever happened to Tal Farlow?" Following Thoreau, Farlow stepped away from the temptations of the jazz life,...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Productions Á-Propos 2006

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC TAL

Orgill, Roxane

Summary: Relates how the famous jazz trumpeter began his musical career, as a poor boy in New Orleans, by singing songs on street corners and playing a battered cornet in a marching band.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin Company 1997

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 ARM

Summary: Count Basie, with the assistance of others, performs works spanning his fifty year career in one of his last televised performances. Includes a biographical film tribute preceding the concert, entitled "A tribute to Count Basie."

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2003

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC COU

Summary: "Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life is a stunning collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera celebrating Billy Strayhorn, one of the most significant yet under-appreciated contributors to 20th century American music. Released in commemoration of Strayhorn's centennial, this luxurious coffee-table book offers intimate details of the composer's life from musicians, scholars, and Strayhorn's...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bolden an Agate Imprint 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 STRAYHORN, BILLY STR

Summary: The award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Virgil Films 2015

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC GIR

Summary: A feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity. He is a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in jazz. Oscillating from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the artist₂s complex cosmology with performances from around the globe, this is...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2020

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC MIL

Summary: A biographical look at Charlie Christian, an influential jazz guitarist. Includes remembrances from various friends and musicians and performances by Benny Garcia, Eldon Shamblin, Billy Dozier, Herb Ellis and various other musicians.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Vestapol 2006

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC CHA

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Summary: Depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, having played in both the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands. He broke racial barriers on American television and mentored the likes of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin Kauflin, a 23-year old blind piano prodigy. Justin, fighting a...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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Summary: Saxophonist, composer, and band leader John Coltrane has been almost as popular in death as he was during his lifetime. The prolific jazzman passed away at 40, but left a legacy of influential musical work. This documentary delves into Coltrane's beginnings starting with his childhood in North Carolina, displays some stellar live performances, including rare footage of Coltrane during his stint...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: BMG Special Products 2002

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC WOR

Hancock, Herbie

Summary: "The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time. In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Viking 2014

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Tatum, Art

Summary: Documents the career of jazz pianist Art Tatum through interviews, rare footage, and photographs.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: MVD Visual 2008

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC ART

Russell-Brown, Katheryn

Summary: "A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Lee & Low Books Inc. 2014

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 LIS

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JB LISTON RUS

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Welcome Rain Publishers 2001

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1 available in Oversize, Call number: OVS 781.6 ERT

Andrews, Troy

Summary: A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Abrams Books for Young Readers 2015

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 AND

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 AND

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE AND

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE Caldecott Andrews 2015

Golio, Gary

Summary: Presents a rhythmic tribute to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and their creation of bebop.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Candlewick Press 2015

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE GOL

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2 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE GOL

Summary: Documentary of the life and the career of jazz musician Louis Prima, with never-before-released interviews, performances by Prima (in part with Keely Smith), and vintage clips of the music scene in New Orleans, New York, and Las Vegas.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Image Entertainment 2001

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC LOU

Summary: Someone once said of jazz legend Erroll Garner that playing the piano for him was as easy as breathing is for you or for me. In a triumphant career that lasted forty years, Erroll Garner pushed the playability of the piano to its limits, developed an international reputation, and made an indelible mark on the jazz world. And yet his story has never been told. Until now.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: First Run Features 2013

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC ERR

Etinde-Crompton, Charlotte

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Enslow Publishing 2020

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1 available in JT Non-Fiction, Call number: JT Black Artists 788.9 Etinde-Crompton 2020

Brothers, Thomas David.

Summary: A rags-to-riches narrative of the eminent jazz artist's early life describes how his childhood was marked by such challenges as poverty, Jim Crow legislation, and vigilante terrorism.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton 2006

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.65 ARM

Summary: In a triumphant career that lasted forty years Erroll Garner pushed the playability of the piano to its limits, developed an international reputation, and made an indelible mark on the jazz world. And yet, his story has never been told. Until now. Atticus Brady's new film uses an astonishing array of archival materials interwoven with interviews with friends, family, and fellow musicians, and...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: First Run Features 2013

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Simon, George T.

Summary: A history of the American Big Bands as told through the perspective of the author's contemporary participation. This new edition includes more photographs, follow-up interviews, and a discography of 200 big band theme songs.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Schirmer Books 1981

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Berman, Kathleen Cornell

Summary: Explores the childhood and early career of the noted jazz trumpeter who gained fame performing at the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1955.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Page Street Kids 2019

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 DAV

Benson, George

Summary: Over the span of his illustrious five-decade career, George Benson has sold millions of records, performed for hundreds of millions of fans, and cut some of the most beloved jazz and soul tunes in music history. But the guitarist/vocalist is much more than "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," "Turn Your Love Around," and "Give Me the Night." Benson is a flat-out inspiration, a multitalented artist...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BENSON, GEORGE BEN

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