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William Claxton.
Jazzlife

Hardcover, 7.7 x 10.8 in., 6.24 lb, 600 pages
New edition, only US$ 40
Original edition US$ 200
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In 1960, photographer William Claxton and noted German musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled the length and breadth of the United States, hot on the trail of jazz music. The result of their collaboration was a comprehensive collection of photographs and recordings of legendary artists as well as unknown street musicians, all gathered in this updated volume.

"... surely the most thorough and imaginative visual record of American jazz at mid-century that we’ll ever see."

Newsweek

Visions of American jazz

Claxton's photographs of legendary jazz musicians

In 1960, photographer William Claxton and noted German musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled the United States hot on the trail of jazz music. The result of their collaboration was an amazing collection of photographs and recordings of legendary artists as well as unknown street musicians.

The book Jazzlife, the original fruit of their labors, has become a collector’s item that is highly treasured among jazz and photography fans. In 2003, TASCHEN began reassembling this important collection of material— along with many never-before-seen color images from those trips. They are brought together in this updated volume, which includes a foreword by William Claxton tracing his travels with Berendt and his love affair with jazz music in general. Jazz fans will be delighted to be able to take a jazz-trip through time, seeing the music as Claxton and Berendt originally experienced it.

Featuring photographs of Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Gabor Szabo, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and many more.
The photographer

William Claxton (1927–2008) began his career shooting jazz record cover art and made his name with images of such leading musicians as Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday. His work was featured in Life, Paris Match, and Vogue and in galleries around the world.

The author

Joachim E. Berendt (1922–2000) was a journalist, author, founding member of South West German Radio (Südwestfunk), and a producer of more than 250 music records. His 1953 book Das Jazzbuch became the most successful history book on jazz worldwide. His vast collection of records, books, and jazz documents form the basis of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

William Claxton.
Jazzlife
Hardcover, 7.7 x 10.8 in., 6.24 lb, 600 pages
William Claxton.
Jazzlife
New edition, only US$ 40
Original edition US$ 200
Save US$ 160