- Series: Historic Photos
- Hardcover: 206 pages
- Publisher: Turner (November 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596525452
- ISBN-13: 978-1596525450
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Historic Photos of New Orleans Jazz
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Turner Publishing in Nashville has been publishing wonderful books of photos from various major cities but this volume is, by far, the best. From the moment I opened it to page one (a two-page spread of King Oliver's Jazz Band from 1921), I couldn't put it down for well over an hour. Compiler Tom Morgan (a NOLa jazz deejay) scoured the Louisiana State Museum's Jazz Collection and chose nearly 200 black and white photos for this 10 x 10 inch coffee table book. Then he annotated each photo listing the reason for the photo, the names of the musicians shown and the reason for their importance. The images are nearly full page and the clarity is great.
Of course, Louis Armstrong appears here in many photos but there are other true NOLa artists as well. Only the last 2two or three photos (by Erika Goldring) are post 2000, and MOST of the photos are of musicians from the 1920s and 30s, even playing into the 1970s.
If you love jazz you will definitely want this book. If you are just learning, the name will not be familiar. (Well, maybe the photo with Wynton and Branford Marsalis).
Turner published a book on Chicago Jazz last year. I guess Early New York Jazz must be next.