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Priestley, Brian 1946-

Overview
Works: 53 works in 224 publications in 4 languages and 6,344 library holdings
Genres: Discographies  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Directories  Compact disc catalogs  Catalogs  Alternate takes (Sound recordings) 
Roles: Author, Other, Instrumentalist
Classifications: ML102.J3, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Brian Priestley
Jazz : the rough guide by Ian Carr( Book )

49 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers 16,000 critical biographies of jazz musicians and album reviews
Jazz : the essential companion by Ian Carr( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1600 biographical entries cover the whole spectrum of jazz from its origins in ragtime to the present
Chasin' the Bird : the life and legacy of Charlie Parker by Brian Priestley( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charlie Parker has been idolized by generations of jazz musicians and fans. Indeed, his spectacular musical abilities - his blinding speed and brilliant improvisational style - made Parker a legend even before his tragic death at age thirty-four." "Now, in Chasin' The Bird, Brian Priestley offers a marvelous biography of this jazz icon, ranging from his child hood in Kansas City to his final harrowing days in New York City. Priestley offers new insight into Parker's career, beginning as a teenager single-mindedly devoted to mastering the saxophone. We follow Parker on his first trip to New York, penniless, washing dishes for $9.00 a week at Jimmy's Chicken Shack, a favorite hangout of the great Art Tatum, whose stunning speed and ingenuity was an influence on the young musician. Priestley sheds light on Parker's collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Bud Powell, Mary Lou Williams, and Thelonious Monk, and he illuminates such classic recordings as "Salt peanuts" and "A Night in Tunisia" and his own compositions "Shaw 'Nuff" and "Yardbird Suite"--Music which defined an era. And Priestley also gives us an unflinching look at Parker's dark side - the drug abuse, heavy drinking, and tangled relations with women and the law. He recounts the death of Parker's daughter Pree, who was only two-and-a-half years old, and Parker's own death at thirty four, in such wretched condition that the doctor listed his age as fifty three."--Jacket
Mingus, a critical biography by Brian Priestley( Book )

26 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It would be no exaggeration to call Charles Mingus the greatest bass player in the history of jazz; indeed, some might even regard it as understatement, for the hurricane power of his work as a composer, teacher, band leader, and iconoclast reached far beyond jazz while remaining true to its heritage in the music of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk. In this new biography the author has written a masterly study of Mingus's dynamic career from the early years in Swing, to the escapades of the Bebop era, through his musical maturity in the '50s when he directed a band that redefined collective improvisation in jazz. Woven in with exacting assessments of Mingus{u2019}s artistic legacy is the story of his volatile, unpredictable, sometimes dangerous personality. The book views Mingus as a black artist increasingly politicized by his situation, but also unreliable as a witness to his own persecution. Capturing him in all his furious contradictions--passionate, cool, revolutionary but with a keen sense of tradition--the author has produced what can be called, again without exaggeration, the best biography of a jazz musician we have ever seen
Charlie Parker by Brian Priestley( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz on record : a history by Brian Priestley( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memorial: David J. Thompson
The sax & brass book by Brian Priestley( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief study of brass musical instruments and saxophones
John Coltrane by Brian Priestley( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz : 100 essential CDs : the rough guide by Digby Fairweather( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Front line jazz piano solos by Brian Priestley( )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transskriptioner efter pladeindspilninger og opførelser med: Bill Evans, Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton, Keith Jarrett, Tommy Flanagan, John Lewis, Nat "King" Cole, Count Basie, McCoy Tyner og Thelonious Monk
Jazz piano : 14 transcriptions of recorded performances by 14 innovative jazz pianists( )

3 editions published in 1987 and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classic Earl Hines Sessions, 1928-1945 by Earl Hines( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz piano 3( )

4 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz piano( )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz : the rough guide( )

in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

30-second jazz : the 50 crucial concepts, styles and performers, each explained in half a minute by Dave Gelly( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz can be difficult for the novice, but 30-Second Jazz proves the ideal companion for the newcomer to the subject, taking readers from the African-American roots of jazz all the way to today's global mix of musicians and styles. Along the way, it looks at the shape, style and instruments of jazz, at key personalities and recordings in the jazz canon - and at what might be expected next from this most diverse and lively of musical forms
Jazz piano( )

4 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz Piano,4 : Piano Score by Brian Priestley( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz piano( )

4 editions published in 1992 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz piano( )

2 editions published in 1989 in Undetermined and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Jazz : the rough guide
Alternative Names
Brian Priestley British musician

Brian Priestley Brits pianist

Brian Priestley englischer Jazzautor und Pianist

Priestly, Brian

Priestly, Brian 1946-

プリーストリー, ブライアン

Languages
English (141)

German (5)

French (2)

Japanese (2)

Covers
Chasin' the Bird : the life and legacy of Charlie ParkerMingus, a critical biographyThe sax & brass bookJazz : 100 essential CDs : the rough guide