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Birdland, The Jazz Corner of the World: An Illustrated Tribute, 1949–1965

Birdland, The Jazz Corner of the World: An Illustrated Tribute, 1949–1965

Leo T. Sullivan

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Birdland was a legendary nightclub in New York City and, from 1949–65, was the scene for the greatest jazz music and musicians in the world. This illustrated book offers a history of this legendary jazz club, and presents the greats who played its stage in capsule biographies, vintage photos, and rare memorabilia. Named after legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the club showcased memorable double and triple bills lasting until dawn. Many classic live recordings were made at “The Jazz Corner of the World,” such as the “A Night at Birdland” by the Art Blakey Quintet, “Basie at Birdland,” and “Coltrane, Live at Birdland.” Birdland established itself as the one place that every jazz musician had to play. Greats such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, and Sonny Rollins, to name only a few, graced its stage.

Size: 8″ x 8″ | 151 color and b/w photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355868 | Binding: hard cover

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Leo T. Sullivan has been working professionally for over forty years as a saxophonist, flutist, composer, and webmaster, and has played on many CDs with various artists, having also recorded numerous soundtracks for major television shows. Leo has played with The Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, The Temptations, Toni Tennile, Charo, Don Rickles, Carl Fontana, Bob Newhart, The Osmond Brothers, just to name a few. In recent years, Leo has been involved in developing over sixty-five jazz websites. They can be viewed at: www.jazzwebsites.org.