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Riassunto: Mary Lou Williams -- pianist, arranger, composer, and probably the most influential woman in the history of jazz -- receives the attention she has long deserved in the definitive biography by a leading scholar of women in jazz.
The illegitimate child of an impoverished and indifferent mother, Williams began performing publicly at the age of seven when she became known admiringly in her native Pittsburgh as "the little piano girl of East Liberty," playing one day for the Mellons at bridge teas and the next in gambling dens where the hat was passed for change. She grew up with the jazz of the early part of the century, championed by the likes of Earl Hines and Fats Waller, yet unlike so many other musicians of her time, she was open to new forms in jazz -- she was an early champion of bop, and a mentor and colleague to its central figures, such as Thelonius Monk and Bud Powell -- and in broader musical styles as well (after her conversion to Catholicism, she wrote masses and other sacred music).
Most of the other famous women in jazz -- Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald -- have been singers. Williams was instead a phenomenal pianist who performed solo, with small groups and big bands, in vaudeville and clubs, and on numerous records. But she is equally well known today as a composer and arranger of remarkable versatility and power, having worked with, among others, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Her compositions have been recorded by artisits as varied as Marian McPartland, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat "King" Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and herself -- and, more recently, by cutting-edge players Geri Allen and Dave Douglas.
But Williams was more than "just a musician"; her interests were catholic in both senses, and she struggled to combine her love of music with her love of God. She was a tireless humanitarian, and made ongoing attempts to help dozens of down-and-out musicians; in the 1950s, her apartment was, at times, virtually a rehab. Though she was often in emotional despair, she found comfort for her many disappointments and hurts not only in her music but in her spirituality.
Linda Dahl, granted unprecedented access to the large Williams archive, has given us the whole of Williams's very full life, from her often harrowing days on the road to her tumultuous marriages and love affairs, from the ups and downs of her unique fifty-year career to the remarkable spirituality that came to inform both her daily life and her music. This is a striking protrait of one of our least understood and most important musicians.
About the Author: Linda Dahl has written frequently about jazz. Her previous book on the subject, Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazzwomen, was widely hailed as groundbreaking when it was published in 1984. She lives in Brewster, New York, with her husband and daughter.
Titolo: Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou ...
Casa editrice: Pantheon
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Jacket shows wear, Unmarked, Solid, Cover has wear, Good copy overall. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books, ship within 48 hours and offer a 100% money back guarantee. Codice libro della libreria 1M5B6T000CF0
Descrizione libro Pantheon, N . Y., 1999. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Cover Art (illustratore). 1st. X-Library with normal flaws.The hard cover and the jacket has very light shelf wear.The jacket flaps has been pasted to the inside board.Heavy book. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Codice libro della libreria BI 04024
Descrizione libro Pantheon, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. DJ in archival cover. Stated first edition with a full number line starting with 1. Codice libro della libreria 001280
Descrizione libro Pantheon, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. First Edition. First Printing with full number line. Very good hardcover in very good dust jacket. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; boards and text also very good. Shelfwear is very minor. Unclipped DJ protected in Mylar wraps. NOT an ex-library copy, NO remainder mark, NOT a book club. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Codice libro della libreria 234790
Descrizione libro Pantheon, 2000. Condizione libro: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 0375408991-2-4
Descrizione libro Pantheon Books, NY, 1999. Cloth. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition. viii. Illustrated. Sources and Notes. Bibliography. A Selelctive Mary Lou Williams Discography: 1927 To Present. Compositions and Arrangements By Mary Lou Williams. Index. 463pp. Black spine with bright gilt title and black paper over boards. Pictorial Dust Jacket. Mary Lou Williams1910-1981. Jazz. Hardcover. Codice libro della libreria 003987
Descrizione libro Pantheon Books, NY, NY, 1999. Cloth. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition. viii. Illustrated. Sources and Notes. Bibliography. A Selelctive Mary Lou Williams Discography: 1927 To Present. Compositions and Arrangements By Mary Lou Williams. Index. 463pp. Black spine with bright gilt title and black paper over boards. Pictorial Dust Jacket. Mary Lou Williams1910-1981. Jazz. Hardcover. Codice libro della libreria 0082301
Descrizione libro Pantheon, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Collectible - Very Good. 2000 - Hardback with dustjacket. First Edition, First Printing. Book is in very good condition. Very light shelf wear. Free tracking with domestic orders. MD SKU- 6944767 2/15/2000. Codice libro della libreria SKU-6944767
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams. Codice libro della libreria SKU0444993
Descrizione libro Pantheon, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0375408991