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Jazz Odyssey: The Autobiography of Joe Darensbourg

By: Darensbourg, Joe as told to Peter Vacher

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press: 1988

Edition: First American Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15702

ISBN: 0807114421

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket


Book is near fine except for some minor rubbing at corners and small area of scuffing on ffep where old sticker was removed. Remainder mark on bottom ede. Book is square and binding secure. Jacket has very light, general wear. Daensbourg was a jazz clarinetist who played with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars and with Kid Ory. Excellent material on early jazz. Many photos. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 231 pages View more info

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In the Country of Country A Journey to the Roots of Country Music

By: Dawidoff, Nicholas

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Faber and Faber: 1997

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 10566

Condition: Very Good+


Pictorial wraps with some light streaks; otherwise the book appears as new and unread with an uncreased and uncracked spine. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 365 pages; Intersting study of the origins of commercial country music. View more info

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot : Tuskegee Choir Series

By: Dawson, William R. (arranger)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Tuskegee, Music Press, Tuskegee Institute: 1946

Seller ID: 15659

Condition: Near Fine


This is sheet music from the Tuskegee Choir Series. It is in near fine condition with only light aging. It is perforated near the spine for a binder and has ads for other songs included in the series. Nice bit of music ephemera with the Tuskegee imprint. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 5 pages View more info

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Voices of the Jazz Age Profiles of Eight Vintage Jazzmen

By: Deffaa, Chip

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Urbana, University of Illinois Press: 1992

Edition: First Paperback Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 14338

ISBN: 0252062582

Condition: Near Fine


Book is about fine with very light wear at one corner. Spine is neither cracked nor creased; book appears unread, like new. The jazzmen profiled are Sam Wooding, Benny Waters, Bix Beiderbecke, Joe Tarto, Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, Freddie Moore and Jabbo Smith. First Softcover Edition. (Illini Books Edition.); B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 255 pages View more info

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Recording the Blues

By: Dixon, R. M. W. and Jon Godrich

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London, Studio Vista: 1970

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 14859

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket


Book has a couple of light bumps on edges but is otherwise near fine. Square and securely bound. Jacket has some wear at corners but is still quite attractive. Solid copy. This book comes from the series of books on the blues, edited by Paul Oliver, in the early 1970's. Many illustrations from early record catalogues. ; Blues Series edited by Paul Oliver; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 109 +Index pages View more info

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Jazz Quarterly: A Hot Jazz Magazine, Summer, 1944, Vol. 2 No. 2

By: Downs, Judy (ed.)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Chicago, Jazz Quarterly: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15649

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, white wraps with black titles and illustration. Very light general wear and aging. Slight musty odor from storage. Overall, a very attractive copy. Jazz Quarterly was issued from 1942 until 1945. There were only seven issues in all. It was produced by fans and artists who pooled their resources and tried to produce articles on "hot jazz," especially from Chicago, and underrecognized musicians. This issue features articles on The Harlem Hamfats, Bud Wilson, Max Kaminsky, along with several others and reviews. Individual issues of this magazine are difficult to find. WorldCat l... View more info

Love and Devotion

By: Drumheller, Louis A.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, The Morris Music Pub. Co.: 1908

Seller ID: 11511


Very attractive color illustration on cover with red titles. This copy has only light edge, corner and surface aging. Slit starting at bottom of spine. VG+ to EX. ; Color Cover; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 6 pages View more info

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Cabin in the Sky

By: Duke, Vernon (Music) and John Latouche (Lyrics)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Leo Feist Inc.: 1940

Seller ID: 16276


This sheet nusic for the Song, "Cabin in the Sky" from the movie of the same name is in VG to VG+ condition with light wear and aging. I think this is a first printing. The all African-American cast featured stars such as Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and the Hall Johnson Choir. It had been produced originally as a Broadway play in 1940. The music is arranged for piano and guitar. The front cover features a nice graphic of a cabin floating in the clouds. ; Cover Art (Blue Cabin in Sky); 4to 11" - 13" tall; 6 pages View more info

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The Dark Sett: The Celebrated Negro Quadrilles as Played by All the Quadrille Bands

By: Dyer, S. O. (arranger)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Firth, Pond & Co.: 1848

Seller ID: 16753

Condition: Very Good


This is large format, 19th century sheet music of five "Negro Quadrilles" arranged for the Piano Forte by S. O. Dyer. The five quadrilles are: "Mary Blane," "Old Joe," "Carry Me Back," "Stop That Knockig," and "Darkeys Polka." The B&W illustration, from a lithograph by Sarony & Major, shows a grand ballroom filled with stereotyped African-Americans in formal attire. The manner of this illustration is, for the most part, respectful, even though two or three faces seem exaggerated. This copy is in VG condition. It was removed from a bound volume and has an older tape repair on the spine and expe... View more info

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Richard Dyer-Bennet The 20th Century Minstrel

By: Dyer-Bennet, Richard

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Leeds Music Corporation: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10884


Stapled blue wraps with white titles and photo of Dyer-Bennet. General edge, corner and surface wear along with light toning on interior pages. Book has been used but is still in VG to VG- condition. Square and securely bound . ; Musical Notation; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 48 pages; Songbook from the great folk singer/minstrel. Piano settings by John Ward. View more info

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The Songs of Bob Dylan :From 1966 through 1975

By: Dylan, Bob

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf / Cherry Lane: 1980

Edition: Third Printing

Seller ID: 11178

Condition: Very Good-


Large book with pictorial wraps. Some edge, corner and surface wear but spine is not creased or cracked, book is square and the binding is secure. Gift inscription on ffep/half-title. ; Musical Notation; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 383 pages; This book was obviously used but not abused. It is a great source for all of Dylan's early work. Includes lyrics and music for each song. View more info

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I Didn't Know about You

By: Ellington, Duke (music) and Bob Russell (lyrics)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Robbins Music Corporation: 1944

Seller ID: 16238

Condition: Very Good+


Pink-orange pictorial background with B&W photograph of Ted Martin and black titles. There is minor damage, a scrape, on the top right corner and some numbers written in pencil; otherwise, this copy is about near fine. This song with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell came out in 1944 which is the date of this sheet music. I am not an expert on sheet music, but this is an early copy if not the first. ; Sheet Music; Cover Art; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 4 pages View more info

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Sophisticated Lady

By: Ellington, Duke (Piano Score by James Matte')

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Gotham Music Service: 1933

Seller ID: 16768


Duke Ellington wrote Sophisticated Lady in 1933 and this Piano Solo version dates from that year. The music has light, general wear with a music store stamp at the bottom of the lady's dress. The covers are almost, but not quite, detached. ; Drawing of Sophiticated Lady; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 6 pages View more info

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Backpocket Bluegrass Song Book

By: Erbson, Wayne

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Asheville, Native Ground Music Inc.: 1992

Seller ID: 14722

ISBN: 096293271X

Condition: Very Good+


This collection of classic Appalachian ballads and bluegrass music has only light edge and corner wear. ; B&W Photographs and Musical Notation; Thin 4to 11" - 13" tall; 56 pages View more info

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On Patrol in No Man's Land, Sheet Music

By: Europe, James Reese, Noble Sissile and Eubie Blake

Price: $700.00

Publisher: New York, M. Witmark & Sons: 1919

Seller ID: 16764

Condition: Very Good


"On Patrol in No Man's Land" is by three of the eary 20th century's most important composer/performers, James Reese Europe, Noble Sissile and Eubie Blake. This music, composed while the three were members of the all African-American 369th U. S. Infantry, Harlem Hell Fighters Band, was most often used as the finale of a show complete with lights and sound effects simulating battle. Even after Europe's untimely death, Sissile and Blake continued to perform this music with Blake using the piano to create the effects. This music is quite uncommon. WorldCat locates only three copies -- one in the l... View more info

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Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues

By: Evans, David

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Berkeley, University of California Press: 1982

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15860

ISBN: 0520034848

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


The book is near fine except for very minor wear and aging. The jacket has a bit of damage at the top of the spine and other very minor wear. This is a somewhat scholarly discussion of the blues that includes musical transcription and in depth discussion of blues composition. Evans did extensive field work in the South. An ad/order form from UC Berkeley is laid in. ; B&W Photographs and Musical Transcriptions; 8vo 8" - 9" tall View more info

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Men of Popular Music

By: Ewen, David

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago-New York, Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.: 1944

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 14480

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Book has light edge, corner and surface wear along with light aging. Some internal marginal notations, mostly bracketing, in ink. Square and securely bound. I do not find a publication date for this printing, but the book was issued during WWII and 1944 is listed by others. The author has biographical essays on American musicians from King Oliver to Benny Goodman, including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Ferde Grofe, Duke Ellington and others. Second Printing. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 213 pages View more info

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Newport Jazz Festival Concert Tour Program, 1959

By: Feather, Leonard et. al.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Weston Associates: 1959

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15662

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, orange blue and white wraps with deep blue titles. Some light edge, corner and surface wear along with light aging. Overall, this is an attractive copy in about VG+ condition. Though unpaginated, this copy has 24 pp. and is the official program for the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival Concert Tour. This tour featured George Shearing, Thelonius Monk, Lennie Tristano with Lee Konitz, Anita O'Day, Humphrey Lyttleton and Ronnie Ross. There is a one to two page, illustrated biography of each musician and several other features including an unintentionally funny glossary of jazz terminology from ... View more info

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Swing Out : Great Negro Dance Bands

By: Fernett, Gene

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Midland, Pendell Company: 1970

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 12099

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket


White covers with black titles and decoration of man playing trumpet. The book is fine except for a sunned line along the bottom edge and light, general interior aging. The jacket has some light edge, corner and surface wear including a 1 1/2" slit at the top of the frot flap fold. Square and securely bound, solid copy. ; B&W Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 175 pages; Great survey with many photos of African-American jazz bands from the early 20th century through the 60's. An interesting sidelight: the ffep has a former owner's name in ink -- Blakey. I have looked at Art Blakey's signature, ... View more info

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Redneck Liberation Country Music As Theology

By: Fillingim, David

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Macon, Mercer University Press: 2003

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8525

Condition: New


Book is New and unused. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 170 pages; Study of theological ideas in country music by Shorter University Religion professor. ; Signed by Author View more info

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Polk Miller and the Old South Quartette, Music of the Old South

By: Flaherty, Tim (editor and producer)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Beverley Hills, MI, Ken Flaherty, Jr.: 2006

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15438

ISBN: 1424305772

Condition: Fine


Stapled, dark brown, stiff wraps with image of record label on front. CD of original Polk Miller recordings inside back wrap. This copy looks as new and unused. A sleeve from an old broadside of Miller's slips over the booklet as a sort of dustjacket. This production is a historic recording and documentation of one of the earliest African-American groups to record, Polk Miller and the Old South Quartette. The Quartette was black; Miller was white. The music they produced may be as close as we can come to antebellum, African-American music.Miller often contrasted the "authenticity" of his group... View more info

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Caravan Trails: Tex Williams Fan Club, Vol. 1 No. 1

By: Floyd, Marie (ed.)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Hollywood, Tex Williams Fan Club: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16548

Condition: Very Good+


This is an eight-page, slick stock fan club nagazine for the Tex Williams Fan Club with a photograph of Williams and his horse, Sheik, on the cover. The magazine has only very light wear and aging. It has multiple articles on Tex Williams and his music and movies. Williams is most remembered for his song, "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette," but he was also a Western movie star. There are also short articles on Rex Allen, Ernie Lee and Hank Thompson plus a two-page photo spread with these stars along with Smiley Burnette, the Georgia Crackers and others. These fan club magazines are quite sca... View more info

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My Country, Too : The Other Black Music

By: Foster, Pamela E.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Nashville, My Country: 2000

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12195

Condition: Near Fine


Book has only very light shelf wear. Square, securely bound, uncreased and uncracked spine. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 208 pages; Interesting book that traces the history of black performers in country music. Comprehensive survey, making important connections between white and black music in the South. Illustrated. Signed and inscribed by author on ffep. ; Signed by Author View more info

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Syncopating Saxophones

By: Frankenstein, Alfred V.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Chicago, Robert O. Ballou: 1925

Edition: 1st Edition, Limited; First Printing

Seller ID: 15641

Condition: Very Good


This early work on modern music and jazz was printed in a Limited Edition of 600, 500 of which were for sale. This copy has some edge and corner wear along with expected aging. It lacks the dustjacket and is in VG condition. At the time Frankenstein was a 20 year old clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony. Preceding the first books written entirely on jazz, Frankenstein's anthology, this book was a "collection of random thoughts" by a "serious" musician. It has Jazz-related chapters interspersed with thoughts on Stravinsky and Brahms. Nevertheless, Frankenstein - destined to bec... View more info

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You Don't Look Like a Musiciam

By: Freeman, Bud

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Detroit, Balamp Publishing: 1974

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16484

ISBN: 0913642053

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very light, general wear and aging. Jacket has some mild aging/soiling and a 1 inch closed tear near the top front right corner. This autobiography-memoir by the great jazz tenor saxophone player is signed and dated on the ffep. Freeman played with the well-known Austin High School Gang, a group of young, white musicians from Chicago who created what was called the "Chicago Style." Freeman would go on to play with many big bands including The World's Greatest Jazz Band. This book contains many short reminssences of musicians, bands and other people that Freeman knew and played w... View more info