Jazz Greats David Perry

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Dubbed by Leonard Bernstein as 'the only original American art form', jazz is the epitome of spontaneous musical expression. Its development is traced here through the lives of 12 landmark jazz-legends: Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Buddy Bolden, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

The fascinating dimensions of their story lie not only in an account of musical innovation, but in the rich social history to which their work bears witness.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 220 x 156 mm (8 5/8 x 6 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 240 pp
  • ISBN: 9780714832043

David Perry is a writer, film-maker and radio producer with a special interest in jazz. He has written on jazz for the Independent and the Observer, and prepared a series of jazz portraits for BBC Radio 3.

On the 20th Century Composers Series

"As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiastically musical."—The Scotsman

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