Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff
Hear Me Talkin' to Ya
The Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It
Here, in their own words, such famous jazz musicians as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Bunk Johnson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Clarence Williams, Jo Jones, Jelly Roll Morton, Mezz Mezzrow, Billy Holiday and many others recall the birth, growth, and changes in jazz over the years. From its beginings at the turn of the 20th centory in the red-light district in New Orleans to Chidago's Downtown section and Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Chicago's South Side to jam sessions in Kansas City, to Harlem during the depression years, the West Coast, and modern developements, the story of jazz is vividly and colorfully documented in hundreds of personal intervies, letters, tape recorded and telephone conversations, and excerpts from previously printed articles that appeared in books and magazines.
Dover Books. Unaltered reprint of the 1955 edition.