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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595215386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595215386
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"One of the most informal, engrossingly personal jazz memoirs in years." Gary Giddins, Village Voice

"Wetzel has done an excellent job assembling a volume that is as unique and hard to characterize as its subject. This book is recommended not only to the few who know Robinson as a vastly underrated player, but as a unique piece of oral history." JazzTimes

"Perry Robinson is a jazz clarinetist, magician, and when not at home in Jersey City, a world traveler. He's put it all down in Perry Robinson: The Traveler." The New York Times

"If you are looking for a well-written and entertaining book concerning the world of jazz music, Perry Robinson: The Traveler is one exciting reading experience. A memorable reading adventure, this book holds your attention and is a genuine, true page-turner."

"The Traveler abounds with recollections and vivid, candid off-stage snapshots of musical notables, featuring the most detailed portrait yet in print of the origins of the 'free jazz' scene which arose in the early-to-mid-60s on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn . . . Entertaining as nostalgia, useful in filling in gaps in recent music and cultural history (and NYC history), The Traveler is perhaps most important as a record of survival in a culture which, for all its surface worship of novelty, eats its home-grown dissident artists for breakfast."

About the Author

Perry Robinson is the internationally acclaimed jazz clarinetist. Florence Wetzel is the author of various works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

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Florence Wetzel was born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and attended Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with writer B. J. Chute. She is the author of several novels, as well as a book of poems and memoir tales. Ms. Wetzel is also a jazz journalist: she is the coauthor of clarinetist Perry Robinson's autobiography, and she writes CD and book reviews for and

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Noah Young on March 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Unique in the annals of jazz musicians," would be how I'd initially describe Perry. Upon graduating from the Conservatory of Music in KC, MO and moving to New York in 1967, I immediately fell in with several of the maestros of the avante-garde, the main three being Perry, Roswell Rudd and Bill Dixon. Through Perry I also was introduced to the incredible vocalist, Sheila Jordan, with whom I played periodic concerts during that era. I also was introduced to the awesome bassist and psychologist, the late David Izenzon, who became my mentor in both areas. As Perry mentions in his totally comprehensive journey through time and space (both inner and outer), he was responsible for my getting into numerology and after some time, legally changing my own name from Richard Youngstein (this is the name that appears on albums with Carla Bley & the JCOA,such as Escalator Over the Hill; Paul Bley; Annette Peacock, etc.)to Noah Young - and in the footsteps of my mentor Izenzon, to the field of psychology for the last 20 or so years. Visions of Perry walking off the bandstand on a gig with Ros Rudd at a wedding gig on an estate in upstate New York , to put his arms around various guests, while uttering his mantra, "Oh my dear....Are we out? Are we so very out!?" and having some of the well-heeled folks stop in their tracks and stare at him like he was from Mars, continue to fill my utterly fond memories of this truly unique human being. Perry is also known as the former leader of the Uni Trio - who one night after an out-of-town gig went to the home of friends who were to have left the keys to their house under the door mat Perry's Cosmic Journey would have it - he found what he thought was the house, found keys under a mat and went in...Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By demomo on June 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I originally read this because I was a fan of his playing, but came to consider it a masterpiece of autobiograhical writing. The honesty and guilessness (?) of his self-presentation sets an example to us all. He's as non-judgmental and imaginiative in his approach to life as he is to music. In a culture driven by egotism this is a windstorm of very fresh air. I've ended up passing it along to several people who have absolutely no interest in the kind of music he represents and they've all been fascinated by him as a unique and exemplary human being. This is a gem not to be missed by anybody whose life leads them away from the mainstream. Do what you like and do it honestly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Schulman on December 5, 2008
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"The Traveler" by Perry Robinson is a mesmerizing exploration of the very interesting and unusual life of the jazz clarinetist/composer Perry Robinson.
New York-raised, Perry has played with and made contact with many remarkable people in his life e.g. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Dave Brubeck and many more. Written from his perspective as well as from the perspective of a number of his friends and fellow musicians, when you're done with this book you will surely be impressed and somewhat shaken by the travels of Perry.
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