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Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life (Pdf E-book) By Mark Miller
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Herbie Nichols wanted to be a Prokofiev, but when classical training proved beyond his means as a young pianist in Harlem, he decided instead to become an Ellington. In truth, he became a Nichols... More > — by his own description a “jazzist” and by any other name a singular figure on the New York jazz scene of the 1950s. He composed and all too infrequently recorded music whose originality, modernity and humour — set him apart from his contemporaries. Increasingly celebrated in the years since his death, Nichols is now honoured with this sympathetic and engaging biography.< Less
A Certain Respect for Tradition: Mark Miller on Jazz (Pdf E-book) By Mark Miller
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A Certain Respect for Tradition is a celebration of jazz and, equally, of Mark Miller’s distinguished career as a writer. Drawing on more than four thousand articles, most published by The... More > Globe and Mail in Toronto, Miller has chosen some ninety profiles and reviews according to the simplest and most subjective of criteria: these are pieces he likes about musicians whose work he admires — from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to John Zorn, Jabbo Smith to Enrico Rava, Rosemary Clooney to Phil Minton, Dorothy Donegan to Cecil Taylor. On Mark Miller's departure from The Globe and Mail in 2005: “His stature as [Canada’s] pre-eminent jazz critic, analyst, historian and keeper-of-the-flame is unassailable... The Miller style is notable for its almost classical clarity, purity and economy. There’s no rhetorical, metaphorical or musicological overkill... just a precise, accurate blend of description, thought and feeling.” — James Adams, The Globe and Mail, December 2005< Less
High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow (Pdf E-book) By Mark Miller
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Singer, trumpeter and dancer. Child star, jazz pioneer and world traveller. Legend and myth. If Valaida Snow’s life wasn’t already sensational enough, she sensationalized it further,... More > freely evading and embellishing the truth of her triumphs, trials, and tribulations. But even after her life has been measured against the historical record, it remains a grand and compelling tale, and Valaida herself a grand and compelling figure. // Praise for Mark Miller's Some Hustling This!: “It’s safe to say that there has never quite been a history of jazz like this,­­ certainly never a history of this jazz. Miller is a thorough and scrupulous researcher, and he conveys that research with a style that’s both elegant and engaging. It’s his fidelity to the historical record, [and] his faith in the extraordinary vigor of the music, its makers and its world that help bring it to life.” — Stuart Broomer, Signal to Noise< Less
Some Hustling This! Taking Jazz to the World, 1914 - 1929 By Mark Miller
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“Mark Miller['s] trademark clean writing style makes the years, and dozens of forgotten musicians, fly past...” — James Hale, The Jazz... More > Report // Mark Miller is a Toronto writer and critic. He has completed five other books about jazz, including The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada and Canadians in Jazz (2001) and Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949 (1997), as well as Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada, 1953 (1989), Boogie, Pete & The Senator: Canadian Musicians in Jazz, the Eighties (1987) and Jazz in Canada: Fourteen Lives (1982). The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada received the Association for Recorded Sound Collections’ Award for Excellence for Best Research in Recorded Jazz (History) in 2002. // Jazz critic for The Globe and Mail from 1978 to 2005, Mark Miller has also written for Down Beat, Coda, Saturday Night, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and many other popular and scholarly pub­lications.< Less

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