The Ghosts of Harlem, Sessions With Jazz Legends

The Ghosts of Harlem, Sessions With Jazz Legends

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A lifelong jazz insider who made hundreds of recordings on two record labels, O'Neal interviewed and photographed 42 accomplished jazz musicians from 1985-2007, all of whom had played in Harlem in the 1930s and '40s. This volume, which is oversized (9.25x12.25"), is the result of this 2-decade project, containing the interviews, portrait photos and many other photos from O'Neal's collection. In interviewing the musicians, he asked about their lives and careers and also why they thought the jazz scene in Harlem died out. The result is a rich resource in the history of jazz, full of stories about famous clubs, groups, musicians, and developments in the music itself. Buddy Tate, Eddie Barefield, Earl Hines, and Dizzy Gillespie are among those interviewed. The volume includes a CD of songs by a variety of the musicians, recorded by O'Neal after 1972. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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From 1985 to the present, Hank O'Neal interviewed 42 jazz legends who made music in Harlem during its heyday and decline. In their homes or immediate neighborhoods, he took their portraits with a large-format view camera and talked with them about what had been the best places to play, the interaction of the races, and about why the Harlem scene had faded.

For each 'session' with a jazz legend, O'Neal has supplemented the interview and portraits with many of his other photographs, historical photographs and memorabilia. From the archives of Chiaroscuro Records, O'Neal has produced a CD that accompanies the book, which features sixteen of the 'ghosts' playing at the ends of their careers, between 1972 and 1996, including Cab Calloway, Milt Hinton, Doc Cheatham, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Tate, Eddie Barefield, Earl Hines, and Illinois Jacquet.

Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780826516275
Branch Call Number: 781.6509 ONEAL
Characteristics: vii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm + 1 sound disc (digital : 4 3/4 cm)
Notes: Includes discography and index
"Revised and expanded from The ghosts of Harlem (Les fantômes de Harlem) : l'histoire du quartier mythique du jazz, published by Editions Filipacchi ... (1997)"--Title page verso


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