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Leonard Feather: The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz
 
Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler have compiled the biographies of 3,300 jazz musicians from around the world. Arranged alphabetically according to last name, each entry of this book chronologically lists the highlights of every jazz musician's career. This is a must for basic information. Leonard Feather is considered one of the deans of jazz criticism (another one was German "jazz pope" Joachim-Ernst Berendt). In the 1930s he moved from England to New York where he made a career as a jazz journalist, producer, lecturer, broadcaster, musician, and writer of hundreds of jazz compositions. In the mid 1950s he founded The Encyclopedia of Jazz series and moved to California, becoming the jazz columnist of the Los Angeles Times. He wrote Inside Bebop and The Book of Jazz. Leonard Feather died in 1994. Ira Gitler is writing on jazz since 1951. In the 1960s he was the New York editor of Down Beat and continues to contribute to that publication as well as to JazzTimes and other publications. Ira Gitler is a record and concert producer. He teaches jazz history at the Manhattan School of Music. His books include Jazz Masters of the '40s and Swing to Bop.
 
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Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler: The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. OUP, 1999, 718 p. Get the book from Amazon.com or from Amazon.de.
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