Louis' Children: American Jazz Singers

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Louis Armstrong pioneered the jazz vocal. Based on dozens of interviews, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse performers who inherited Satchmo's legacy and made it their own. They are Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Cab Calloway, Big Joe Turner, Billie Holiday, Nat "King" Cole, Joe Williams, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Tony Bennett, and many others. This edition has been updated with a substantial new chapter that focuses on ...

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(Updated Edition). Basede on dozens of interviews, this book provides a comprhensive overview of the diverse performers who inherited Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong's legacy and made ... it their own: Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Cab Calloway, Big Joe Turner, Billie Holiday, Nat "King" Cole, Joe Williams, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Betty Carter, Tania Maria, and many others. This edition has been updated with a substantil new chapter that focuses on current arists like Cassandra Wilson and Harry Connick, Jr. List of Singers, Bibliography, Index to the Original Edition. B&W illus. 380p. Read more Show Less

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Louis Armstrong pioneered the jazz vocal. Based on dozens of interviews, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse performers who inherited Satchmo's legacy and made it their own. They are Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Cab Calloway, Big Joe Turner, Billie Holiday, Nat "King" Cole, Joe Williams, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Tony Bennett, and many others. This edition has been updated with a substantial new chapter that focuses on current artists like Cassandra Wilson and Harry Connick, Jr.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411147
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Pt. I Prelude
Ch. 1 Cousin Joe of New Orleans 13
Ch. 2 Louis Armstrong: "Everyone's Pops" 21
Ch. 3 The Eloquent Ethel Waters 33
Ch. 4 Bing ... and, of Course, Fred Astaire ... and Bobby McFerrin 43
Ch. 5 Cab 55
Pt. II Big-Band Era
Ch. 6 The Big-Band Singers: Introduction 67
Ch. 7 The Kansas City Singers: Little Jimmy Rushing, Big Joe Turner and Pha Terrell 71
Ch. 8 "There Was No Middle Ground with Billie Holiday" 80
Ch. 9 Tales of Big-Band-Era Singers 100
Pt. III Singers on Their Own
Ch. 10 Singers' Camaraderie: Thelma Carpenter, Etta Jones and Helen Merrill 119
Ch. 11 Beyond the Vibrato: The Cutting Edge of Billy Eckstine, Heartthrob 132
Ch. 12 The Instrumentalists Sing: A Jazz Subculture 141
Ch. 13 Feeding the Maw with Tunes: From Leo Watson to Eddie Jefferson to Lorraine Feather 148
Ch. 14 A Coat of Many Colors for Jon Hendricks: Lyricist Laureate of Jazz 160
Ch. 15 "You Are My Goddam Sunshine": Mel Torme 187
Ch. 16 Nat "King" Cole 195
Ch. 17 "Ice Was a Three-Note Thing": Joe Williams 207
Ch. 18 Dinah Washington's Love Stories 224
Ch. 19 Lady O'Day: The Case of the Missing Uvula 234
Ch. 20 Mabel Mercer, Boite Star 238
Ch. 21 A Great Critic Says a Few Words About the Legendary Frank Sinatra 243
Ch. 22 The Glorious Voice of Sarah Vaughan 246
Ch. 23 The Time of Ella Fitzgerald 255
Ch. 24 Noodling with Norman Simmons About Carmen McRae 262
Ch. 25 The Feeling of Carmen McRae 278
Ch. 26 "We Should Have Gone More Places": Annie Ross 283
Ch. 27 Tony Bennett: "A Rhythmic Rapport" 293
Ch. 28 Rosemary Clooney: Interpretations from the Labyrinth 301
Ch. 29 One of Billie's Children: Sylvia Syms 305
Ch. 30 The Lure of Birdland and Environs, Leading to a Night in El Paso 310
Ch. 31 Jazz-Boite Singing 315
Pt. IV The B-Natural Generation: "They Reflect the Times They Live In"
Ch. 32 Betty Carter: Guru of "Out" 324
Ch. 33 Andy Bey's Subtely; Joe Lee Wilson's Reverberations 337
Ch. 34 Janet Lawson's Scat Songs 341
Ch. 35 The Beat of Tania Maria: "A Piano Is Not Like a Man" 348
Ch. 36 The View from January 1, 2001 357
A List of Singers 367
Singers of the 1980s and 1990s 370
Bibliography 373
Index to the Original Edition 377
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