Metuchen, New Jersey and London: The Scarecrow Press, 1990. First edition. Hardcover. 393 p. Foreword by George T. Simon. Numerous textual photographs. Metuchen, New Jersey and London: The Scarecrow Press and the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, 1989. First edition. New York Post jazz critic Chip Deffaa (b.1951) presents the recollections of 18 musicians rooted in the swing tradition. Includes the reminiscences of Artie Shaw and Woody Herman; sidemen with spirited tales of Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller, among others; extended reflections by Buck Clayton, Panama Francis, Stephane Grappelli, Lee Castle, Maxine Sullivan, Mel Torme, and Mercer Ellington; an in-depth profile of the Basie band; and introductions to younger stars Warren Vache and Scott Hamilton. The ninth volume in the Studies of Jazz series. Inscribed and dated by Deffaa to legendary jazz saxophonist, trumpeter, arranger, composer, and bandleader Benny Carter (1907-2003) on the front flyleaf: "To Benny Carter- With much appreciation for your kind words - and so many years of wondrous music ... Hope the recording session with Marian McPartland this week turns out well. I'm there in spirit!" Carter is cited fifteen times in the text. Original burgundy cloth binding, with gilt stamping. Some mild edgewear to the dust jacket; otherwise a very good copy. Provenance: From the library of Benny Carter. Very Good / Very Good. Item #58714
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