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From the Publisher"This collection of interviews with famous jazz musicians provides general audiences with new insights into such issues as the difficulties African-American musicians encountered while on the road through the middle of the 20th century, the crossover of jazz into popular music and the passing of jazz traditions to a new generation of performers. Josephson is a noted jazz expert and former editor of the Daily News Record, and he has included interviews he has conducted over several decades with such musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson and Art Tatum. The author has also added updates to the original articles, especially in cases where the interview subject has passed away."
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"Jazz Notes is more than just a compilation of interviews with jazz greats. In addition to talks with luminaries like Hoagy Carmichael and Dave Brubeck, it includes updated conversations with those who are still living, as well as musicians who played with or were influenced by them. . . . Throughout the book, Josephson's writing is personal and direct. The reader gets a real sense of who these musicians are (or were) as people, along with their challenges and their triumphs. All of this makes Jazz Notes: Interviews Across the Generations a great read."
All About Jazz
"….Josephson has an ability to capture the essence of his subjects in the limited space available to him, and does so in a literate and informative manner. "
"This is a collection of profiles unlike any I have encountered in that it both updates interviews done three decades ago and presents interviewees from the perspectives of musical associates or admirers. . . . I enthusiastically recommend this collection because of the author's interviewing skills — he frequently elicits telling and unfamiliar revelations from his subjects — and for the variety of views casting light upon those subjects, 22 luminaries of the art form. Josephson clearly has deep feeling for the music and its makers and that feeling comes across on every page."
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