New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1957). Octavo measuring 8 x 5.25 inches, original orange pictorial cloth stamped in black, spine lettered in black, original pictorial dust jacket printed in yellow and red. Double-page illustrated title, black and white illustrations throughout text, discography and index at rear. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper. Dust jacket spine gently toned and foxed, lightest edgewear.
First edition of the first book by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Studs Terkel, inscribed by him: “Take it easy, but / take it / Studs Terkel.” This collection of jazz biographies chronicles the lives of the greats from Joe Oliver to Dizzy Gillespie, capturing the personal experiences behind the music. As Charlie Parker observes here: “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out in your horn.” Among those Terkel interviewed for this collection were Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holliday, Stan Kenton, and Dizzy Gillespie. Jacket design by Philip Grushkin. A near-fine inscribed copy.