Jazz Child

by Ellen Johnson (Author)
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Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan is the approved complete biography revealing the fascinating life of the first female jazz vocalist to record on the prestigious Blue Note record label. In the story of this jazz great, biographer Ellen Johnson reveals the challenges Jordan confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s, to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of and in performance with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. Jordan’s views as a woman living the jazz life in an era of racial and gender discrimination while surrounded by those often struggling with the twin evils of alcohol and drug abuse are skillfully woven into the tapestry of the tale she tells.


Publication date
September 12, 2014
Publisher
Collection
Page count
274
ISBN
9780810888371
Paper ISBN
9780810888364
File size
12 MB