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You can't steal a gift : Dizzy, Clark, Milt, and Nat

Author: Gene Lees
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, an eminent jazz chronicler writes of his encounters with four great black musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and Nat "King" Cole. Equal parts memoir, oral history, and commentary, each of the main chapters is a minibiography, weaving together conversations Gene Lees had with the musicians and their families, friends, and associates over a period of several decades.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Dizzy Gillespie; Clark Terry; Milt Hinton; Nat King Cole; Terry Clark; Milt Hinton; Clark Terry; Milt Hinton; Nat King Cole; Nat King Cole; Dizzy Gillespie; Milt Hinton; Clark Terry
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gene Lees
ISBN: 0300089651 9780300089653
OCLC Number: 47101008
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 269 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Sudden immersion --
Birks and his works --
You gotta sing --
We are like Atlas --
King Cole.
Responsibility: Gene Lees ; foreword by Nat Hentoff.
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"In this book, an eminent jazz chronicler writes of his encounters with four great black musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and Nat "King" Cole. Equal parts memoir, oral history, and commentary, each of the main chapters is a minibiography, weaving together conversations Gene Lees had with the musicians and their families, friends, and associates over a period of several decades.".

"Lees begins the book with an essay that tells of his introduction to the world of jazz and his reaction to racism in the United States when he emigrated from Canada in 1955. The underlying theme in his book is the impact racism had on the four musicians' lives and careers and their determination to overcome it. As Lees writes, "No white person can even begin to understand the black experience in the United States...All [of the four jazz makers] are men who had every reason to embrace bitterness - and didn't.""--BOOK JACKET.

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