Sassy

Sassy

The Life of Sarah Vaughan

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Baker & Taylor
The first biography of a seminal jazz vocalist recounts her stellar career, which included million-selling hits in the fifties and sixties and collaboration with many jazz greats, and discusses her private life, five marriages, and expensive lifestyle

Blackwell North Amer
Sarah Vaughan, brought vividly to life in this definitive biography, possessed the most spectacular voice in jazz history. In Sassy, Leslie Gourse, the acclaimed biographer of Nat King Cole and Joe Williams, defines and celebrates Vaughan's vital musical legacy and offers a detailed portrait of the woman as well as the singer. Revealed here for the first time is "jazz's only diva" as her closest friends and musical associates knew her.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 27, 1924, Sarah Vaughan played the organ at the Mount Zion Baptist Church and had been a member of the choir in her youth. By her early twenties she was singing with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Billy Eckstine, and helping them invent bebop. For forty-five years she reigned supreme in both pop and jazz, with several million-selling hits ("Broken Hearted Melody", "Make Yourself Comfortable", "Misty", and others) in the 1950s and 1960s. During the next two decades, she reached vast new audiences as a concert artist. Life offstage was never smooth or dull for Sarah Vaughan. Her voluptuous voice was matched in private by her exuberant appetites for excess: three failed marriages; financial difficulties through many changes of management; and late-night jam sessions, liquor, and cocaine, that inspired and depleted her in equal measure. But in Sassy, Leslie Gourse shows us as well the feisty and unpretentious Sarah Vaughan who worked hard all her life to support her parents and her adopted daughter and who in later years came to savor the hardwon independence and the worldwide acclaim she achieved as the greatest jazz singer of her generation.
Sassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan includes a discographical survey.

Baker
& Taylor

The first biography of a seminal jazz vocalist recounts her stellar career, which included million-selling hits in the fifties and sixties and collaborations with many jazz greats, and her private life, including five marriages and expensive lifestyle.

Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's Sons ; Toronto : Collier Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780684193175
0684193175
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 VAUGH
Characteristics: xiii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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