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Artie Shaw : a musical biography and discography
Simosko, Vladimir.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press ; [Newark, N.J.] : Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiii, 281 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 29 cm.
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ML419.S52 S56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Artie Shaw, the world famous clarinet-playing bandleader who became popular during the Swing Era, was immersed in the music business as a performer for 30 years, from the summer of 1924, when he began to study saxophone, until the summer of 1954, when he stopped performing. This period of activity is the focus of this musical biography and discography, a detailed account of Shaw's musical career and recorded output. The book begins with a summary of Shaw's career in the contexts of jazz history and social setting, then moves into more detail. The chronologically arranged sections, mirroring each phase of his career, incorporate contemporary reviews and interview quotes to create an insightful narrative. The discography lists all known recordings and is separate from the text to facilitate easy reference. Includes appendixes and index.

Author Notes

Vladimir Simosko (M.L.S., Rutgers University) is Music Librarian at the University of Manitoba and former Curator of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of a critically-acclaimed biography of Eric Dolphy (Smithsonian Institution Press) and Serge Chaloff (Scarecrow Press, 1998).

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Choice Review

For those select devotees long yearning for a meticulous accounting of the career and discography of swing musician Artie Shaw, the wait is over. The renowned clarinetist and bandleader, veteran of eight marriages and still alive at age 90, has found his Boswell in Simosko, a music librarian and a former curator at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Simosko has been collecting information on Shaw for more than 40 years and speaks with convincing authority. This handsomely produced large-format volume, part of the generally excellent "Studies in Jazz" series, includes a biographical essay in 17 chapters (with copious excerpts from relevant primary and secondary sources), separate annotated discographies covering Shaw's activities as both sideman and leader, and an unusually generous array of period photos. In a brief foreword, Shaw himself endorses this "big fat book" as an "authorized" work and attests to its accuracy and usefulness. Notwithstanding its thoroughness, this volume should be seen as a complement to Shaw's own The Trouble with Cinderella (first published in 1952; reprinted most recently in 1992), one of the most compellingly written of all jazz autobiographies. For graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals. V. J. Panetta; Wellesley College