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Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra: Complete Souvenir Program and Life Sketch of Cab Calloway [Signed]
[New York: S.i. n.d. but ca.1933]. Cotton Club program providing a biographical sketch of Calloway, background on his character Minnie the Moocher, a ten song setlist, and "Who's Who in the Band." Calloway had taken over a brilliant but failing band, The Missourian's, in 1930; after changing their name to...
[Item #28544]
Price: $650.00
 
Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra: Complete Souvenir Program and Life Sketch of Cab Calloway [Signed]
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1st Annual John Henry Memorial Authentic Blues & Gospel Festival. August 31 - September 2, 1973
Charleston, WV: John Henry Memorial Committee, 1973. First Edition. Memorial booklet for the first annual John Henry Memorial Blues Festival, held Fitzpatrick's Park in Beckley, WV in 1973. The three-day festival included performances by more than 20 traditional musicians from the Appalachian region, including Johnny Shines, Nimrod Workman, Uncle Homer...
[Item #14675]
Price: $60.00
 
1st Annual John Henry Memorial Authentic Blues & Gospel Festival. August 31 - September 2, 1973
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Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, Transcribed for Piano by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Op. 59. With a Preface by Booker T. Washington
Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1905. First Edition. Landmark collection of African-American spirituals, by the first African-American to gain true eminence as a composer in the European classical style. Somewhat scarce in dustwrapper. Quarto (32cm). Original card wrappers; dustjacket; (xiv), 125pp. Near Fine in the scarce printed dustwrapper, chipped at corners and...
[Item #14080]
Price: $125.00
 
4.

Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune
New York: Holliday Publications, 1958. First Edition. Arthur "Bud" Green (1897-1981) was an Austrian-born American songwriter of the Tin Pan Alley and Swing eras, best-known for his hits "Flat-Foot Floogie" and "Alabamy Bound" and for penning the lyrics to the Les Brown/Doris Day classic "Sentimental Journey." This appears to be...
[Item #16385]
Price: $125.00
 
Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune
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[Broadside] "Friday Nites in Greenwich Village" Jazz Concert and Dance...
New York: 1949. First Edition. Flyer advertising the weekly show "A Tonal Paradise," presented by Harold Anton and "Raphael" at the Panel Ballroom every Friday night from 9 PM to 2 AM. The show features Gene Sedric on the clarinet, bebop songs by Anton, and "Ecstasy Provided By The Shmoo."...
[Item #27174]
Price: $100.00
 
[Broadside] "Friday Nites in Greenwich Village" Jazz Concert and Dance...
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Young Man with a Horn
Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original cloth in black pictorial dust jacket; [8],243pp. Spine a bit cocked, jacket extremities rubbed and a bit ragged with several short closed tears and subsequent creasing. Still, Very Good or better in Near Very Good jacket. "A Houghton Mifflin Fellowship...
[Item #22413]
Price: $200.00
 
Young Man with a Horn
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The Music: Reflections on Jazz and Blues [Review Copy, with Signed Bookplate Laid In]
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1987. First Edition. Collection of poems and essays co-written by the Baraka's, with essays on Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, Woody Shaw, Jay Hoggard, and other contemporary musicians, as well as reflections on soul, modern trends and the history of jazz and blues. First Printing...
[Item #19779]
Price: $75.00
 
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Killing Jazz: A Detective Story
New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1928. First Edition. Jazz-age mystery novel featuring Detective Jim Bliss. HUBIN p.41. Octavo; rust-colored cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 252pp. Minor wear to spine ends, rear hinge starting; Very Good+. Dustjacket lightly shelfworn, with a few tiny nicks and...
[Item #27992]
Price: $85.00
 
Killing Jazz: A Detective Story
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The Giant Swing
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1932. First Edition. The career of an American jazz pianist, from his roots in a small-time dance band to fame and fortune on the scale of Gershwin and Ziegfeld. Basis for the 1941 movie Dance Hall, starring Carole Landis and Cesar Romero. For Burnett, an...
[Item #17582]
Price: $350.00
 
The Giant Swing
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Photographic portrait signed and inscribed to "Queen Catherine"
N.p. [New York?]: "Bloom" ca. 1927? Very early professionally produced photograph of a young Duke Ellington looking not yet 30. Most likely taken at the start of Ellington's popularity, when he and his orchestra became the house band "Rhythmania" at the "whites only" Cotton Club in Harlem. We have been...
[Item #26280]
Price: $1,500.00
 
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Shadow and Act
New York: Random House, 1964. First Edition. Ellison's second book, a collection of essays "concerned with three general themes: with literature and folklore, with Negro musical expression--especially jazz and the blues--and with the complex relationship between the Negro American sub-culture and the North American culture as a whole." An especially...
[Item #19351]
Price: $250.00
 
Shadow and Act
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Just Mahalia, Baby: the Mahalia Jackson Story
Waco: Word Books, 1975. First Edition. Definitive biography of the great African-American gospel singer; uncommon signed. Tall octavo (24cm). Brown cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; 611pp; illus. Inscribed by author Goreau on second blank: "For M--- and W--- C--- - whom I love dearly and owe much," dated...
[Item #15082]
Price: $65.00
 
Just Mahalia, Baby: the Mahalia Jackson Story
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Black Velvet
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1970. Revised Edition. The highly-politicized Philadelphia jazz poet's second book, with Afro-centric illustrations throughout by B.L. Carpenter. First Printing of the "Revised Edition." Slim octavo (21.5cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 32pp; illus. Top edge slightly dusty, else Fine.
[Item #28067]
Price: $25.00
 
Black Velvet
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The Story of the Blues
London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1970. Excellent, well-researched reference on American blues performers from the late 19th century through the Sixties. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographic portraits. Third printing. Quarto (30.5cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 176pp; illus. Includes brief (1pp) bibliography & discography. Tight, unmarked VG+ copy in lightly worn jacket.
[Item #16018]
Price: $20.00
 
The Story of the Blues
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Little Boy Blues
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1947. First Edition. Third volume of Willis's loosely-connected postwar trilogy about jazz musicians in the Midwest. Preceded by Tangleweed (1943) and The Wild Faun (1945). HANNA 3829. Octavo (21cm). Black cloth boards, stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 223pp. Tight, Very Good copy...
[Item #14921]
Price: $35.00
 
Little Boy Blues
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Little Boy Blues
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1947. First Edition. Third volume of Willis's loosely-connected postwar trilogy about jazz musicians in the Midwest. Preceded by Tangleweed (1943) and The Wild Faun (1945). HANNA 3829. Octavo (21cm). Black cloth boards, stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 223pp. Review copy, with publisher's...
[Item #14922]
Price: $50.00
 
Little Boy Blues
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Old and New Duck Butter Poems
Paris: Hand Shake Editions, 1980. Second Edition. Late collection of poems by Joans, with numerous cut-and-paste illustrations throughout. The second edition was printed just one month after the First, and it is certainly likely Joans made changes to each version of the text (we note three editions). OCLC notes a....
[Item #19041]
Price: $75.00
 
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Old and New Duck Butter Poems [Inscribed Copy]
Paris: Hand Shake Editions, N.d. [ca 1985]. Expanded, undated edition of this late collection of poems by Joans, with numerous cut-and-paste illustrations throughout. The African-American poet, painter and musician Ted Joans (1928-2003) came to prominence on the surrealist fringe of the Beat-Jazz scene of Greenwich Village in the 1950s; in...
[Item #25852]
Price: $250.00
 
Old and New Duck Butter Poems [Inscribed Copy]
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Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage
New York: Harper & Row, 1972. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 232pp; illus. Light wear and soil to board edges, else Near Fine dustwrapper with minor creases to flaps, Very Good.
[Item #19050]
Price: $20.00
 
Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage
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Jazz in Print (1856-1929). An Anthology of Selected Early Readings in Jazz History
Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2002. First Edition. Quarto. Maroon cloth, lettered in gilt; xvii+594pp. Fine, apparently unread copy. No jacket, presumably as issued.
[Item #28257]
Price: $95.00
 
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The Eye of Jazz
[London]: Viking, [1989]. Reprint. Folio (33cm.); original simulated cloth in black photo-illustrated dust jacket; 155pp.; photographs. Light edge-wear, American price sticker cancel to upper jacket flap. Very Good to Near Fine. First published in French as Oeil du Jazz.
[Item #28836]
Price: $40.00
 
The Eye of Jazz
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Jazz 'n Pops. A complete catalog of Jazz and Popular Longplay Records. Run of 21 issues.
New York: Long Player Publications, 1957-59. First Edition. A substantial run of early issues of this seminal periodical catalog, which amounts to a nearly-complete discography of popular, folk, blues and jazz albums released during the late 1950's. This grouping is of particular importance as it documents the transition to stereo...
[Item #27401]
Price: $500.00
 
Jazz 'n Pops. A complete catalog of Jazz and Popular Longplay Records. Run of 21 issues.
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Vibrations in Sanctuary, One More Time
Palo Alto: Jamal Publishing Company, [1970]. Revised Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original white and black staplebound wrappers; 64,[2]pp. About Fine. San Francisco-based jazz drummer's first poetry collection. No copies of this edition noted in OCLC; 5 copies of the first edition located (Michigan and Temple only outside California).
[Item #26019]
Price: $20.00
 
Vibrations in Sanctuary, One More Time
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Jazz
New York: George Braziller, [1983]. Second Printing. Large folio (39.5cm.); original cloth in blue pictorial dust jacket; xviii,[2],146,[10]pp.; chiefly illus. Jacket quite worn with several long closed tears and rather large (2.5x1") loss to bottom fore-edge corner of upper panel; bottom half of upper flap fold split, some old tape...
[Item #28207]
Price: $100.00
 
Jazz
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The PL Yearbook of Jazz, 1946
London: Editions Poetry, 1946. First Edition. Linen-backed boards (hardcover); dustjacket; 188pp; illus. Mild foxing to endpapers; brief gift inscription (dated 1948), brief bumps to board corners; Very Good. In slightly rubbed pictorial dustwrapper, unclipped, lightly worn at spine ends. Articles by Max Jones, Charles Wilford, Frederic Ramsey, Charles McCarthy, others;...
[Item #7778]
Price: $35.00
 


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