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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

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 Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC GIR

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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1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF KEE

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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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 HANCOCK, HERBIE HAN

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

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

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 921 AND

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

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE AND

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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2 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE GOL

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE GOL

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

Summary: Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's earlier life and some modern-day performances.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

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

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

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, 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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1 available in Adult, Call number: 784.48 SIM

Summary: Talented trumpeter Bleek Gilliam is obsessed by his music and indecisive about his girlfriends. But when he is forced to come to the aid of his manager and childhood friend, Bleek finds his world more fragile than he ever imagined.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Universal Studios 2000

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Summary: The Billie Holiday The Ultimate Collection DVD features rare TV and film performances, an especially rare radio interview with Mike Wallace, an audio-only rehearsal session with pianist Jimmy Rowles, audio interviews with friends and fellow musicians, an interactive timeline and an evocative photo-document gallery featuring hundreds of images, from rare photos to personal letters, plus Lady...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Universal Music Enterprises 2005

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

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, Call number: 921 BENSON, GEORGE BEN

Summary: (A great day in Harlem) A documentary about a photograph taken in 1958 by Art Kane of the jazz greats of the period. Includes home movie footage of that day of the musicians arriving and greeting each other the morning of the shoot. Also includes conversations with musicians and archival performance footage (62 min.)

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Image Entertainment 1999

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC GRE

Cline-Ransome, Lesa

Summary: Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of Joe "King" Oliver. But after a run in with the police, 11-year-old Louis was sent away to the Colored Waif s Home for Boys where he became a...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Holiday House 2015

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

Orr, Tamra.

Summary: Profiles the life and career of jazz musician Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Mitchell Lane Publishers 2013

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Barclay, Pamela.

Summary: A biography of the black musician who in fifty years has composed 2000 songs and performed them all over the world.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Creative Education; [distributed by Childrens Press, Chicago 1974

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1 available in Stacks, Call number: JB ELLINGTON BAR