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              Books by W. Royal Stokes

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              The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990
               

              The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stokes, W. Royal

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              W. Royal Stokes is renowned for his ability to transform revealing interviews into elegant prose. Combining interview with perceptive commentary, this personal history of the whole history and spectrum of American jazz deals with the differing styles found in New Orleans, Chicago..., Harlem, Detroit, and Kansas City, and introduces the reader to all manner of composers, bands, singers, and instrumentalists who made their name playing in American and Europe.
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              ISBN 9780195082708
              Released NZ 1 Jan 1996
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
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              Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers
               

              Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers (Paperback)

              By Stokes, W. Royal

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              A jazz writer for three decades, W. Royal Stokes has a special talent for capturing the initial spark that launches a musician's career. In Growing Up With Jazz , he has interviewed twenty-four instrumentalists and singers who talk candidly about the early influences that started... them on the road to jazz and where that road has taken them. Stokes offers a kaleidoscopic look at the jazz scene, featuring musicians from a dazzling array of backgrounds. Ray Gelato recalls the life of a working class youth in London, Patrizia Scascitelli recounts being a child prodigy in Rome who became the first woman of Italian jazz, and Billy Taylor tells about his childhood in Washington, DC, where his grandfather was a Baptist minister and his father a dentist--and everyone in the family seemed well trained in music. Perhaps most exotic is Luluk Purwanto, an Indonesian violinist who as a child listened to gamelan music in the morning and took violin lessons in the afternoon (on an instrument so expensive she didn't dare quit). For some, the flame burned bright at an early age. Jane Monheit sang before she could speak and was set on a musical career by age eight.Lisa Sokolov played classical piano, sang opera and choral music, and was in a jazz band--all by high school. But Carol Sudhalter, though born into a very musical family ("a Bix Beiderbecke family"), was a botany major at Smith, and only became a serious musician after college, quitting a government job to study the flute and saxophone in Italy. From Art Blakey to Claire Daly to Don Byron, here are the compelling stories of two dozen top musicians finding their way in the world of jazz.
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              ISBN 9780195380699
              Released NZ 30 Apr 2009
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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              Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians About Their Careers in Jazz
               

              Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians About Their Careers in Jazz (Paperback)

              By Stokes, W. Royal

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              A seasoned jazz critic draws on his interviews of 40 musicians, from Slide Hampton and Bucky Pizzarelli to Dee Dee Bridgewater and Diana Krall, illuminating their lives, careers and art.

              ISBN 9780195152494
              Released NZ 1 Aug 2002
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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              Growing Up with Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk about Their Lives and Careers
               

              Growing Up with Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk about Their Lives and Careers (Hardback, illustrated edition)

              By Stokes, W. Royal

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              Focusing on how these figures became jazz musicians, this volume discusses the two most prominent US jazz musicians: the influential bop drummer Art Blakely and the famous jazz pianist and personality Dr Billy Taylor.

              ISBN 9780195159271
              Released NZ 1 May 2005
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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              Backwards Over Part 1: Rufus Has Been on the Lam
               

              Backwards Over Part 1: Rufus Has Been on the Lam (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stokes, W. Royal

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              Professor Joe Lewis finds he has more in common with 1960s war-protesting students than with his buttoned-down colleagues. Dropping out in his late-thirties, he joins the Austin hippie scene and then becomes the dishwasher in a vegetarian restaurant in Harvard Square. Two tales u...nfold in the trilogy Backwards Over, one following Joe in real time, the other as he ruminates on his past. Scenes range from a faculty party that convinces him that academe is not for him to a juke joint in a cotton field. There are stops in Italy, Colorado, and D.C. Jane (nee Phillips) Lewis, who grew up on a farm in Central Canada, develops a strikingly individualistic identity. As the story moves on to the 1990s we meet Jim Harsh, rebuilder of VWs; Joe's ex-wives MacKenzie and Jyll; and musicians Messalina, Papa John Brophy, Lulu White, Boo Shook, Bear, Buffie Pee, and The Feather Merchant.
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              ISBN 9780692277140
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