(WILSON, Teddy.) BERENDT, Joachim E.
The New Jazz Book. A History and Guide.
Translated by Dan Morgenstern.
First English language edition, first printing, originally published in Germany in 1959. Presentation copy inscribed by the translator on the front pastedown, “To a good guy, Dan, 1963” and by jazz pianist Teddy Wilson on the front free endpaper, “To Harvey with best wishes, Teddy Wilson”. Wilson (1912–1986) was “the definitive swing pianist” (Songwriters Hall of Fame biography) who played with many of the greats, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Benny Goodman. He was one of the first black musicians to play with whites and later taught at Julliard. Wilson is mentioned numerous times in this volume, for instance, on page 182 Berendt writes that, “In the field of the real Swing style of the thirties the Earl Hines direction is embodied first of all in Teddy Wilson. He connects it with the format of the great coloured Swing soloists and with the elegance and affability which Benny Goodman brought to the jazz of that day. It is this connection which has led to a point – twenty-five years later – at which one seems to be hearing Teddy Wilson in every other cocktail pianist. Teddy Wilson, as a member of the Goodman combos and as leader of his own ensembles, participated in some of the best and most representative combo recordings of the Swing era. During the thirties he influenced almost every pianists…”.
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Octavo. Original light grey cloth, titles to spine in purple. With the dust jacket. 32 pages of plates from photographs. Spine rolled, a few tiny spots to cloth. An excellent copy in the price-clipped jacket with a few small chips and short closed tears.