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Inhaltsangabe: Dick Cary was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1916 and became a sought-after performer and arranger in the jazz world of New York City, especially in the 1940s and '50s. He reached the very pinnacle of jazz as the pianist in the Louis Armstrong All Stars beginning in 1947. Among the marvelous musicians who created jazz in its early decades, Cary was extraordinary in several ways -- and absolutely unique in one: he was the only one who kept a diary. And not just any diary, but a highly literate series of detailed diaries covering a span of over 60 years of a life in jazz.
In "Strictly A Musician," Derek Coller reveals a vivid picture of a working jazz musician by combining the details of Cary's daily life with Cary's own personal thoughts as articulated in his diaries. The portrait is highlighted by hundreds of heretofore unknown details about an important era in jazz.
Although not a household name, Dick Cary has come to be recognized as one of the greatest jazz musicians of his age. He was a pianist, trumpeter, alto-horn player, composer and arranger. Besides his association with Louis Armstrong, Cary is admired as the multi-instrumentalist member (and chief arranger for) trumpeter Bobby Hackett's jazz band during its heyday. Cary was also in the inner circle of elite musicians who helped bring guitarist Eddie Condon to fame.
Derek Coller's work colorfully illustrates a great jazzman's life: the glamorless drudgery of uninspiring gigs, the thrill of performing for huge audiences, the all-too-frequent misery of dealing with the inconsistency, pettiness and incompetence of colleagues, and the ultimate reward -- creating and recording improvised musical art alongside the world's greatest musicians.
Über den Autor: Derek Coller is a veteran jazz journalist and researcher who has covered the fields of traditional and mainstream jazz for over 60 years. His writings are frequently published in the Journal of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors and he has won the Journal's Annual Award for Best Article three times.
Mr. Coller's interest in jazz goes back to 1942 when he was still a teenager. In 1947, he published the short-lived S.E.A.C Jazz News. Then in 1948, after Army service, he founded the Discophile Magazine which he edited for 11 years. Subsequently, he authored articles for such jazz periodicals as Jazz Music, Vintage Jazz Mart, R&B Panorama, Footnote, New Orleans Music, The Mississippi Rag and Storyville Magazine. Coller has also contributed discographies to the magazine publications Matrix and Blues Unlimited. His previous full-length books include biographies of jazz artists Jess Stacy and Tony Parenti.
In recent years, Derek Coller has covered individual musicians, recordings and jazz festivals for jazz publications worldwide. He lives in Wokingham, Berkshire, England.
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