SIGNED BY 4 JAZZ GREATS
AMERICAN JAZZ - RAMSEY, Frederic, Jr. & Charles Edward SMITH (joint editors). Jazzmen. London; The Jazz Book Club by arrangement with Sidgwick & Jackson. 1958.
8vo. Publisher's mid-blue linson boards boldly ruled and lettered in gilt to spine, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xv + [iii], 3-360, including index; with numerous black-and-white photographic illustrations; externally bright and clean with dusting to top edge of book block and fox-spots to fore-, and lower edges; internally clean and uninscribed with some pale foxing to prelims.
First Jazz Club edition, originally published in 1939 by Harcourt, Brace; this copy signed by jazzmen Edward 'Kid' Ory, Henry 'Red' Allen, Alton Redd and Bob McCracken in ink to the title-page.
A series of articles on American jazz divided into three sections covering New Orleans, Chicago, and New York, with an additional series on "Hot Jazz Today", which includes Roger Pryor Dodge's response to the critical approach that developed along with jazz and with Stephen Smith's thoughts on the vagaries of hot record collecting.
Edward 'Kid' Ory (1886-1973) was an American jazz composer, bandleader, and trombonist who cemented the glissando technique as a central element in New Orleans jazz.
Henry 'Red' Allen (1908-1967) was an American jazz trumpeter and singer.
Alton Redd (1904-1979) was an American jazz drummer and vocalist who made recordings under his own name in the rhythm and blues genre.
Bob McCracken, or Robert Edward McCracken (1904-1972), was an American jazz clarinetist.