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Live at Newport '58

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David A. Jasen, Gene Jones

Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1930

Schirmer Books

An entertaining and thoughtful history of great but neglected African-American tunesmiths from the vaudeville and early jazz eras. -- Kirkus Reviews


Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves

Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington Live in ‘58

Jazz Icons

DVD - This epic performance includes legendary players Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Quentin Jackson and Ray Nance performing some of the most beloved American music ever written. -- Jazzitude.com


Sarah Vaughan

Jazz Icons: Sarah Vaughan Live in '58 & '64

Jazz Icons

DVD - With perfect time, intonation and taste, she is hand-in-glove with her trio, pianist Ronell Bright, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Art Morgan. -- Doug Ramsey, Rifftides


Dave Brubeck

Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck Live in '64 & '66

Jazz Icons

DVD - [Displays] the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s unique penchant for creating music that is uncompromisingly cool and smooth but still loaded with clever time-changes and shifting dynamics, brimming with character. -- Jambands.com


Wes Montgomery

Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in '65

Jazz Icons

DVD - Close-ups of Montgomery's hands traversing the fretboard should be required viewing for any aspiring jazz guitarist. -- The Boston Phoenix

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