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"W. Royal Stokes is sensitive to the range of experiences of people who have 'grown up with jazz,' yielding a fascinating, often-surprising, kaleidoscope of life stories. Organized as a history of the present, Stokes interviews the jazz musicians he hears at the turn of the 21st century, and invites them to relate how they 'got there' from a wide variety of historical, social, cultural, and national trajectories. It is so refreshing to see so many women musicians included in a jazz book that isnt ear-marked 'women-in-jazz.' Clearly Stokes 'gets it' that women are already in jazz!" --Sherrie Tucker, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, author of Swing Shift: All-Girl Bands of the 1940s


"Royal Stokes, an expert interviewer, has assembled a truly amazing cast of characters here, illuminating his conviction that jazz has become a global phenomenon. Surprises are in store for any and all interested in the music and its makers."--Dan Morgenstern, Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and author of Living with Jazz


"W. Royal Stokes's Growing Up With Jazz is a rich and insightful book about the making of jazz. Spanning generations, with a mix of old heads and young stars, this book shows through its series of autobiographical testimonies just how enduring and how profound the jazz tradition is."--Gerald Early, Professor of English and African American Studies, Washington University, and author of Miles Davis and American Culture


--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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W. Royal Stokes has written about jazz and blues for such publications as Down Beat, JazzTimes, and The Washington Post and hosted the public radio shows "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" and Since Minton's. He is the former editor of Jazz Notes, the quarterly journal of the Jazz Journalists Association, and author of The Jazz Scene, Swing Era New York, and Living the Jazz Life. He lives in Elkins, West Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019538069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195380699
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,443,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZYX on June 9, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I've just started reading this book and am getting a lot out of it so far. But the title explains that the book is based on interviews with 24 people in jazz, but neither the available descriptions of the book nor the table of contents list who these subjects are, so I thought I'd list this information for potential purchasers. The 24 are: saxophonists Carol Sudhalter, George Botts, Claire Daly, John Firmin, Howard Johnson, and Ray Gelato; clarinetists Don Byron and Evan Christopher; singers Jane Monheit, René Marie, Lisa Sokolov, Nora York, Shaunette Hildabrand, and the late Pam Bricker; pianists Billy Taylor, Armen Donelian, Patrizia Scascitelli, René van Helsdingen, and Uri Caine; bassist Leonard Gaskin; drummer Art Blakey; guitarist Monnette Sudler; Indonesian violinist Luluk Purwanto; and Umbria Jazz festival producer Carlo Pagnotta.
Definitely going off the familiar beaten path, with interesting results. Blakey is the most famous, followed by Don Byron, Uri Caine, and Billy Taylor, but all of these creative people have interesting stories. René Marie in particular is a wonderful vocalist.
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