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From Birdland to Broadway Scenes from a Jazz LifeIn the 1950s New York City's Birdland was the center of the world of modern jazz and a revelation to Bill Crow a wet behind the ears twenty two year old from Washington State Located on Broadway between 52nd and 53rd streets the club named for the incomparable Charlie Bird Parker boasted lifesize photo murals of modern jazzmen like Dizzy Gillespie Lennie Tristano and of course Bird himself looming large against jet black walls Exotic live birds perched in cages behind the bar The midget master of ceremonies 3'9 Pee Wee Maruette dressed in a zoot suit and loud tie smoked huge cigars and screeched mispronounced introductions into the microphone And the jazz struck young Crow would park in the bleachers till 4 am blissfully enveloped by the heady music of Bird Bud Powell Max Roach and a host of other jazz g. Loved this If you ever wondered what the life of a working jazz musician was like in New York during the latter half of the 20th century this is the book for you Bill Crow was a bassist and valve trombonist and tuba player who played with Gerry Mulligan and a host of others but was also a session and Broadway pit musician The book consists of fairly short chapters on a wide variety of topics and people and made for wonderful bedtime reading as the last thing in my day for several weeks

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summary From Birdland to Broadway: Scenes from a Jazz Life ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ô In the 1950s New York City's Birdland was the center of the world of modern jazz and a revelation to Bill Crow a wet behind the ears twenty two year old from Washington State Located on Broadway between 52Ow playing with the Gerry Mulligan uartet at venues like Storyville in Boston and Harlem's Apollo Theater where they appeared with Dinah Washington; and the tour of the Soviet Union with Benny Goodman a journey that might have been a high point of Crow's travels abroad but was marred by Goodman's legendary mistreatment of his band Moving beyond jazz clubs to the Broadway concert pit and a variety of studio gigs in the '60s Crow encounters actors such as Yul Brynner and pop rock acts like Simon and Garfunkel From the great to the near great from Billie Holiday to Judy Holliday Bill Crow's wealth of personal anecdotes takes the reader from Birdland to the Half Note to the Playboy Club to the footlights of Broadway This revealing book is a marvelous portrait of the jazz world told by someone who's been ther. Bassist Bill Crow has lived many stories and heard many stories over the years He shares some of them here and you'll want to read them all

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Iants From Birdland to Broadway is an enthralling insider's account of four decades of a life in jazz Bill Crow journeyman bass player superb storyteller and author of the successful Jazz Anecdotes here narrates many moving and delightful tales of the pioneers of modern jazz he played with and was befriended by We find Dizzy Gillespie with whom Crow because of prior commitments regretfully declined steady work dancing at the Royal Roost Stan Getz sadly teetering on the brink of losing himself to drugs and Harry Belafonte known then as the Cinderella Gentleman running a lunch counter in New York's Sheridan Suare between music dates And we also witness many of the highlights of Crow's career such as in 1955 when the Marian McPartland Trio with Crow on bass was named Small Group of the Year by Metronome; Cr. Anecdotal and breezy recollections by jazz journeyman bassist Bill Crow Besides a few mundane antiuated puns this is essential reading for the golden era of jazz in New York City From Bird at a city pool to lagging on the road with a miserly and embittered Benny Goodman these tales tend to show the bright moments and not the hard tragic ones It's a celebration of one of America's truest art forms