New on the Shelf:
The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong: All of Me, by
Jos Willems, published by Scarecrow Press, 4501 Forbes Blvd., #200,
Lanham, MD 20706, (301) 459-3366, $85 cloth, $55 paperback, www.scarecrowpress.com
American Big Bands, by Dr. William F. Lee, published
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Swingin' Americans Series: Marty Grosz Discography, by
Clarrie Henley, published by Gerald Bielderman, Leie 18, 8032 ZG
Zwolle, Netherlands, Ph: 038-4537821, $16 (in bills), http://home.tiscali.nl/tradjazz.
The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, general
editor: Howard Mandel, published by Billboard Books, hardcover,
Young Chet, by William Claxton, published by Schirmer
Art Books, paperback, $18.96, www.amazon.com/books
Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life In and Out of Jazz
Time, by Lorraine Gordon as told to Barry Singer, published
by Hal Leonard, (release date 12/20/2006), $27.95, (800) 554-0626,
Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz, by Robert Dupuis,
published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, La.,
paperback $19.95, www.lsu.edu/lsupress
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited
by Barry Kernfeld and published by Oxford University Press in late
2001, has articles on every aspect of jazz, covering groups, composers,
arrangers, instruments, record labels and venues. Originally $500
and reviewed on the RAG's website when first released, the three-volume
set is currently priced at $275 and is available at www.us.oup.com/us.
The full text has now also been made available online via a paid
subscription at www.grovemusic.com. The online version is identical
to the print version, a widely respected reference tool containing
more than 7500 signed articles written by jazz scholars and authorities.
Most articles also contain useful bibliographies and discographies.
Traditional jazz aficionados will notice omissions of some noted
trad artists, as well as venue and festival errors and omissions,
but, taken as a whole and considering its attempt to cover jazz
worldwide, this set is truly a remarkable accomplishment in terms
of scope, fine writing and excellent research.
Articles from The Mississippi Rag are referenced in
selected bibliographies for traditional jazz musicians, and readers
will recognize the names of well regarded traditional jazz writers
who have contributed entries. These include Paige Van Vorst, Chip
Deffaa, Scott Yanow, Peter Vacher, Mike Hazeldine, Bill Russell,
William J. Schafer, Alyn Shipton, Marcel Joly, John Edward Hasse,
Clarrie Henley, Albert Vollmer, Warren Vaché, Sr., and many
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