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Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life In and Out of Jazz Time Hardcover – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1st edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634073990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634073991
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must-read for anyone who follows jazz...this short, fascinating memoir reveals that rare avis--a club owner with a great ear for music and real sympathy for musicians. --Seattle Times

2007 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Winner
The ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards program recognizes books, articles, broadcasts and websites on the subject of music selected for their excellence. The Awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer/critic/commentator Deems Taylor who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP. --The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Ring on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lorraine Gordon has led an interesting life and one well worth reporting. She does an admirable job in this autobiography. If, however, one seeks information about jazz events that occurred at her club in any sort of detail, one needs to look elsewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life In and Out of Jazz Time captures the life of jazz artist Lorraine Gordon, who knew virtually all the big names of jazz. She was not only a business woman and mother, but owned the most famous jazz club in the world, the Village Vanguard: this is the story of the rise of that club, her encounters with Miles Davis, Monk, and more, and vignettes of their personalities and encounters. Black and white photos blend with music history and cultural insights to make for a lively survey of the Village scene and the artists who made up the jazz world. A 'must' for any avid jazz fan who relishes a 'you are there' experiential survey.

Diane C. Donovan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LBWheels457 on December 7, 2006
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This book is a wonderful read for any jazz fan! It goes through the life of Larraine Gordon and has some wonderful insights as to why the Village Vanguard is what it is! It's an easy read and I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Wyman on February 1, 2007
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Very interesting and informative. An honest woman, dedicated to jazz and jazz musicians.
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