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Soloists and Sidemen: American Jazz Stories

Authors: Peter Vacher

Published by Northway Books

ISBN: 9780953704040

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Lavishly illustrated with many rare or previously unpublished photos.

The American jazz musicians who crossed racial and class divisions to tour and record with the great jazz stars all have their stories to tell. Peter Vacher’s talent lies in being able to capture their authentic voices, from survivors of the big bands of the 1930s and 40s to modern soloists in many styles.

The musicians featured include: Milt Buckner, Cozy Cole, Sonny Cohn, Willie Cook, Cousin Joe, Kenny Davern, Harry Edison, Teddy Edwards, Art Farmer, Scott Hamilton, John Hicks, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Eddie Miller, Harold Minerve, Grover Mitchell, Vi Redd, Hal Singer, Warren Vaché, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Benny Waters and Britt Woodman.

This book vividly evokes the backgrounds, life stories and musical styles of many remarkable musicians who played with stars like Louis Armstrong, Colerman Hawkins and Dizzy Gillespie and helped make the music of such famous orchestras as those of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bob Crosby, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton.

Jazz writer Peter Vacher is well-known for his numerous interviews and reviews published in British, Canadian and American magazines.

”This scholarly book . . . excellent photographs . . . well written.” — Crescendo
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