Jazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila Jordan by Ellen JohnsonJazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila Jordan by Ellen Johnson

Jazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila Jordan

byEllen Johnson

Paperback | September 8, 2016

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Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan is the approved complete biography revealing the fascinating life of the first female jazz vocalist to record on the prestigious Blue Note record label. In the story of this jazz great, biographer Ellen Johnson reveals the challenges Jordan confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s, to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of and in performance with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. Jordan's views as a woman living the jazz life in an era of racial and gender discrimination while surrounded by those often struggling with the twin evils of alcohol and drug abuse are skillfully woven into the tapestry of the tale she tells.
Ellen Johnson has over thirty years combined experience as a professional musician, educator, writer, publicist, songwriter, and lyricist. She has served on the faculties and as a clinician at many prestigious universities such as the University of San Diego, California Polytechnic University Pomona, Old Globe Theatre, University of So...
Title:Jazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila JordanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 9.07 × 5.92 × 0.76 inPublished:September 8, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442277769

ISBN - 13:9781442277762

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: God Blessed the ChildChapter 2: Little SongChapter 3: Detroit DaysChapter 4: A Helluva TownChapter 5: Autumn In New YorkChapter 6: Better Than AnythingChapter 7: The BirdChapter 8: I've Grown Accustomed To the BassChapter 9: White in a Black World Chapter 10: The CrossingChapter 11: Reel Time MentorChapter 12: Where You At? Appendix I: Discography/VideographyAppendix II: Awards, RecognitionAppendix III: Music ExamplesAppendix IV: List of Interviews

Editorial Reviews

Ellen Johnson's portrait of Sheila Jordan captures the warmth, modesty, determination, and sublime creativity of a unique woman who's become a jazz master and American cultural hero. We read about a golden age of jazz in Detroit and New York City, interracial friendships and romances, abuse, addiction and recovery, motherhood and triumph-all in the service of illuminating a life of beautiful music.