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  1. The Bluesmen: the story and the music of the men who made the Blues.
    CHARTERS, Samuel B. The Bluesmen: the story and the music of the men who made the Blues.

    New York : 1967

    First edition, first printing, issued in both softcover and hardback, the latter now difficult to find. An important study by one of the pioneering writers on the blues, covering the life and work of such greats as Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Charley Patton, Bukka White, and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

    Samuel Charters (1929-2015) was also... Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 143046

  2. The Song Book.
    COWARD, Noël. The Song Book.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the title page "For Ruth Heard, with best wishes, Noel Coward". This handsome album collects 51 of Coward's most famous songs of four decades, and is uncommon signed and in the jacket.

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    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144276

  3. Ornette Coleman in Concert, August Fifth Nineteen Hundred Sixty-eight - original Fillmore West 1968 concert poster.
    COLEMAN, Ornette. Ornette Coleman in Concert, August Fifth Nineteen Hundred Sixty-eight - original Fillmore West 1968 concert poster.

    San Francisco : 1968

    Brilliantly effective, big and bold psychedelic poster for an appearance by free jazz innovator Coleman at Bill Graham's Fillmore West. This poster was not numbered in the Bill Graham/Fillmore series - it would fall between BG 131 and 132 - but does feature in the Unusual Fillmore Shows section in the Art of Rock (p.153, plate 2.80).

    Line up... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139625

  4. Apologie du Jazz.
    BERNHARD, Edmond & Jacques de Vergnies. Apologie du Jazz.

    Brussels : 1945 [printed September, 1944]

    First edition. Attractive and uncommon. Paean to jazz with prefaces by the Belgian jazz pianist John Ouwerx, and the composer and journalist Jacques Stehman. Edmond Bernhard became a well-known film-maker and lecturer on cinema. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 143451

  5. Who's who of jazz. Storyville to Swing Street.
    CHILTON, John. Who's who of jazz. Storyville to Swing Street.

    Philadelphia, New York, London : 1972

    First US edition. Chilton is probably best known for his work accompanying George Melly, but as a writer he was one of the few Europeans to win a Grammy - for his liner notes for Bunny Berigan (1983) - and the present work was considered by Phillip Larkin to be "one of the essential jazz books." Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 143459

  6. Swing out. Great Negro Dance Bands.
    FERNETT, Gene. Swing out. Great Negro Dance Bands.

    Midland, Michigan : 1970

    First edition, first printing, and uncommon thus. This is an excellent study giving brief historical accounts of the greats, accompanied by a wonderful collection of photographs, many of them previously unpublished. Under the heading "Other Voices", Fernett finds a place for some of the more obscure swing organisations, including the all-girl Sweethearts... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143025

  7. The Eye of Jazz.
    LEONARD, Herman. The Eye of Jazz.

    London : 1989

    First edition in English, first impression, originally published in French four years previously. This is an excellent collection of the work of one of the greats of jazz photography. As Francis Paudras writes in his introduction, "Herman Leonard's work comes close to pure art: in the beauty of the image, for the emotion and feeling that it radiates".

    Apprenticed... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 143044

  8. Who's who of jazz. Storyville to Swing Street.
    CHILTON, John. Who's who of jazz. Storyville to Swing Street.

    Philadelphia, New York, London : 1972

    First US edition, first printing. Chilton is probably best known for his work accompanying George Melly, but as a writer he was one of the few Europeans to win a Grammy - for his liner notes for Bunny Berigan (1983) - and the present work was considered by Phillip Larkin to be "one of the essential jazz books." Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 143021

  9. Playback.
    DEXTER, Jr., Dave. Playback.

    New York : 1976

    First edition, first printing. Fascinating memoir of four decades in the music business by one of the major players, the panoply of stars illustrated on the jacket reading like a roster of 20th century popular music: Sinatra, The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Nat King Cole,... Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 143002

  10. Esquire's 1946 Jazz Book.
    MILLER, Paul Eduard, ed. Esquire's 1946 Jazz Book.

    New York : 1946

    First edition, first printing, of this excellent overview of the jazz scene as the bop revolution was gathering pace; Bird is pictured ("Parker features a fast, driving style") and Esquire's "New Stars Band" features Bird as their alto pick and Erroll Garner for piano. The attractive dust jacket is by Esquire art director Tony Palazzo. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 143012

  11. Hear me talkin' to ya.
    McRAE, Carmen - SHAPIRO, Nat, & Nat HENTOFF, eds. Hear me talkin' to ya.

    New York : 1955

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from jazz singer Carmen McRae, inscribed boldly across the front free endpaper, "To Dan A Wonderful Friend My best wishes to you always. As ever Carmen". It is tempting to speculate that the recipient may be the distinguished jazz writer Dan Morgenstern (b. 1929). McRae's several contributions here... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 142976

  12. Screening the Blues:
    OLIVER, Paul. Screening the Blues:

    London : 1968

    First edition, first impression. An important early contribution to the serious study of the origins of the Blues and certainly difficult to find in anything approaching such sharp condition, as here. Paul Oliver "first encountered the music as a teenager, hearing black American servicemen singing a work song. In the 50s he studied the field recordings... Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 142989

  13. Recording the Blues.
    DIXON, Robert M. W., & John Godrich. Recording the Blues.

    New York : 1970

    First US edition, first printing, published simultaneously in the UK by Studio Vista; both soft and hardback versions were issued, the latter being decidedly uncommon.

    Recording the Blues is a volume in the series the "Blues Paperbacks," edited by the doyen of British blues historians, Paul Oliver, each title written by acknowledged experts in... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142999

  14. The Urantia Book - inscribed presentation copy to A&M Records President Gil Friesen.
    COLEMAN, Ornette. The Urantia Book - inscribed presentation copy to A&M Records President Gil Friesen.

    Chicago : 1976

    Presentation copy from Ornette Coleman to A&M Records President Gil Friesen, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "3/14/77, To Gil, The No Name or Number. Ways of Reading. Ornette Coleman". Gil Friesen (1937-2012) "achieved success in films and television but was best known for helping to establish A&M Records as an artists' haven for an eclectic stable... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130739

  15. Warm one-page typed letter signed to noted publisher and editor Donald S. Friede.
    GERSHWIN, George. Warm one-page typed letter signed to noted publisher and editor Donald S. Friede.

    New York : 1927

    An appealing, highly characteristic letter evoking Gershwin's easy-going sociability. Writing to the publisher Friede, Gershwin regrets having been unable to read Philip Barry's new play, but gives permission for his name to be appended to any suitable words of praise the publishers care to use, "as I shall no doubt make the comment you use after reading... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130229

  16. Oklahoma!
    RODGERS, Richard, & Oscar Hammerstein. Oklahoma!

    New York : 1943

    First edition, first printing, of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. Based on Lynn Riggs's play, Green Grow the Lilacs (1931), Oklahoma! premiered on Broadway on 31 March 1943 and ran for a record 2,212 consecutive performances. It is still viewed as one of the greatest of all musicals, and is particularly suited to book format, and well... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 106890

  17. The Plague and the Moonflower Libretto.
    STEADMAN, Ralph. The Plague and the Moonflower Libretto.

    Maidstone : 1989

    First edition, first impression of this oratorio with a libretto by Ralph Steadman, commissioned by Richard Gregson-Williams in 1989 for the Exeter Festival. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 104095

  18. Duke Ellington.
    ELLINGTON, Duke - COLLIER, James Lincoln. Duke Ellington.

    New York : 1987

    First edition, first impression of this biography by noted author and accomplished jazz trombonist James Lincoln Collier. Learn More
    £30.00

    Stock Code: 83626

  19. Bix. Man & Legend.
    BEIDERBECKE, Bix (subject); SUDHALTER, Richard M., & Philip R. Evans, with William Dean-Myatt. Bix. Man & Legend.

    New Rochelle, NY : 1974

    First edition, first printing, of this uncommon and important biography. In his obituary of Sudhalter in the Washington Post, Terry Teachout described this as the "first jazz biography written to the standards of a serious study of a classical composer or other major historical figure." Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 81501

  20. Down Beat's Yearbook of Swing.
    MILLER, Paul Eduard. Down Beat's Yearbook of Swing.

    Chicago : 1939

    First edition. Uncommon. This copy marked "Personal Property, Al Jarvis, Sep. 20. 1939" on the front pastedown. Jarvis is recognised as the first radio DJ, the originator of the show Make Believe Ballroom, also a songwriter with collaborations with Johnny Mercer to his credit. Includes a potted history of jazz, Milestones; a listing for a Representative... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 71061

  21. Remembering Bix.
    BEIDERBECKE, Bix.) BERTON, Ralph. Remembering Bix.

    New York : 1974

    First edition. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For my dear old friends Jerry & Claire may you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it! Ralph Berton." Berton knew Beiderbecke, and idolized him, as a child, and the book is very much a personal memoir of the era, as well as a personal view of the man and his music. And none the worse... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 48935

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