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to BE or not to Bop

Dizzy Gillespie with Al Fraser

ISBN 10: 0385120524 / ISBN 13: 9780385120524
Published by Doubleday and Company, 1979
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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The autobiography of jazz genius John Birk" Dizzy" Gillespie who is a founding father of modern jazz. A near fine First Edition with a slight smudge at the bottom pages. The Dust Jacket is Near Fine with small chips and a slight bump at the top of the spine. Bookseller Inventory # 19-1014

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Title: to BE or not to Bop

Publisher: Doubleday and Company

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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One of the outstanding musicians of jazz and the founder of "bebop" tells the story of his rise through New York clubs to stardom and talks about the many people who have performed with him

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You don’t have to know John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s songs to feel his influence. The self-taught trumpet player rose from a poor but musically driven upbringing to become a jazz mastermind, founding the bebop movement and giving rise to Afro-Cuban music.

This extensive biography is intertwined with reflections from famous Gillespie associates Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. They provide numerous perspectives of Gillespie’s early start on the road to fame and the spirited times that would follow.

To Be, or Not . . . to Bop is a unique account serves as both a rollicking history lesson in American music and culture and a towering play-by-play of a life not to be forgotten.

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