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The Best Damn Trumpet Player: Memories of the Big Band Era and Beyond Paperback – June 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Celebrity Profiles Inc (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575790114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575790114
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

Richard Grudens treasury of uplifting, nostalgic in-person interviews combined with observations and great coverage of behind-the-scenes comments of the Big Band Era's world-famous participants and successors, produce a meaningful addition to jazz literature and an adjunct to every music enthusiast's library.

Personalities caught backstage, in high schools, band-buses, radio stations, outdoor stages, include Harry James, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Frankie Laine ( who wrote the foreword), Kay Starr, The Andrew Sisters, and Bob Hope reminisces about Bing Crosby. Includes 54 exclusive, candid photographs.

From The New Yorker

The book is great. I'm sure a lot of people will be so happy to read this beautiful book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was a frustrating read because it contains numerous errors of fact, and because of the author's grating tendency to mis-state the names of numerous less-well-known big band era personalities. It was also frustrating because the narratives digress to maudlin nostalgia, in place of providing interesting and meaningful content. The book was clearly a labor of love for the author, who presents himself as an unabashed fan. But,this book is mostly about the author's feelings about the Big Band Era. I'm glad he likes them, and I'm glad he got to meet some people associated with the big bands, but the articles don't add any substance. I would not choose to purchase a book about the author's feelings. This book fails to add to the excellent body of history of the big band era that is currently available.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I liked the Best Damn Trumpet Player. I learned more about the stars of the era than I've ever known. Other books smother you with facts, and who cares. Grudens loves his subjects, the most important players of the era. His is well written, others are about as interesting as telephone directories. He makes the subjects live on the page. He reaches deep into their personality. All his interviews were personal. Those long biographies are stuffed with facts and research and are boring.The fellow from Northeast Kansas complains but doesn't mention any of the "errors". Is he an expert? I understand the book is in the library of Five Towns Music College in Dix Hills, NY and in Boston, in the library of Berklee Music College. That means something to me.
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