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  1. 116362comp
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    American Singers.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Burt Britton, who runs a way of life, Whitney Balliett, N.Y.C. 1979". Burt Britton, the book collector and co-founder of Books & Co, also collected self-portraits, or ‘self-doodles', from a variety of famous figures, including Whitney Balliett. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116362

    Signed: Yes

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  2. The Sound of Surprise.

    The Sound of Surprise.

    46 Pieces on Jazz.
    First edition, first printing. Laid in is an author's compliments card reading, "At the suggestion of the author with the compliments of Elliot". This is the first collection of Balliett's journalism. John Fordham describes his first encounter with Balliett's work: "I began reading that book with amazement on the Tube home, and finished it in a blur that night. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 101429

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  3. Barney, Bradley, and Max. Sixteen Portraits in Jazz.

    Barney, Bradley, and Max. Sixteen Portraits in Jazz.

    First edition, first printing. Author Whitney Balliett was the acclaimed music and literature critic who wrote for the New Yorker between 1954 and 2001, covering the jazz scene "during its years of greatest development and ferment" (NYT obituary, February 3, 2007). The present volume was written between 1971 and 1988 as a supplement to his American Musicians, published in 1986, and includes eight portraits that had not previously appeared in book form and seven that had been reworked after appearing in other collections. Learn More
    £25

    Date of Publication: 1989

    Published: New York and Oxford

    Stock Code: 83673

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  4. American Singers.
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    American Singers.

    First edition, first printing. This volume collects essays on 12 American singers by Whitney Balliett, the acclaimed music and literature critic who wrote for the New Yorker between 1954 and 2001, covering the jazz scene "during its years of greatest development and ferment" (NYT obituary, February 3, 2007). Include in this volume are pieces on Teddi King, Mary Mayo & Barbara Lee, Alberta Hunter, Joe Turner, Helen Humes, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms, Hugh Shannon, Blossom Dearie, Bobby Short, Mabel Mercer, Anita Ellis. Learn More
    £25

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: New York & Oxford

    Stock Code: 83638

    Signed: Yes

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  5. New York Voices.
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    New York Voices.

    Fourteen Portraits by …
    First edition, first printing. This copy inscribed to Berklee instructor, composer and arranger Bob Friedman; "For Bob Friedman a long-time admirer of Magda and Jon Schueler and a sort of cohort of mine. Whitney Balliett, April 7, '06." Amongst the 14 portraits offered here is one of abstract artist Schueler and his art historian wife Magda Salvesen. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 2006

    Published: Jackson, MI

    Stock Code: 70751

    Signed: Yes

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  6. American Singers.
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    American Singers.

    First edition. This copy inscribed by Balliett on the front free endpaper; "For Brian Smiga who has more than earned this slim volume. With high regard, Whitney Balliett, New York, 1980." Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: New York & Oxford

    Stock Code: 70651

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Alec Wilder and his friends.
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    Alec Wilder and his friends.

    The words and sounds of Marian McPartland, Mabel Mercer, Marie Marcus, Bobby Hackett, Tony Bennett, Ruby Braff, Bob and Ray, Blossom Dearie and Alec Wilder.
    First edition. Brilliant, multifaceted portrait of the eccentric master of the American song through the eyes of some of his most renowned friends. This copy inscribed by Balliett on the front free endpaper; "For Howard Frankel, Master Craftsman with Kind Regards, Whitney Balliett, N.Y.C., 1978." Inscribed copies of Balliett's books are far from common. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1974

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    Stock Code: 70083

    Signed: Yes

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