Mr. Trumpet: The Trials, Tribulations, And Triumph Of Bunny Berigan

byMichael P. Zirpolo

Paperback | July 25, 2013

Mr. Trumpet: The Trials, Tribulations, And Triumph Of Bunny Berigan by Michael P. Zirpolo
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The life of jazz trumpeter Roland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan (1908-1942) resembles nothing less than an ancient Greek tragedy: a heroic figure who rises from obscurity to dizzying heights, touches greatness, becomes ensnared by circumstances, and comes to a disastrous early end. Berigan was intimately involved in the commercial music business of the 1930s and 1940s in New York City. Berigan was a charismatic performer, one of the few musicians in the history of jazz to advance the art. His trumpet artistry made a deep and lasting impression on almost everyone who heard him play, while the body of recorded work he left continues to evoke a wide range of emotions in those who hear it. Too often writings about the Swing Era skip over the interrelationship between the music business and the music that the giants of jazz created. In Mr. Trumpet: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumph of Bunny Berigan, Michael Zirpolo takes on this difficult task, exploring connections between the business of music and contemporary music makers and the culture of social dancing that drove it all. Through detailed research and insightful analysis, Zirpolo rectifies many heretofore misunderstood events in Berigan''s life and in the Swing Era more generally. In this panoramic examination of Berigan''s personal and professional lives, Mr. Trumpet maps the great musician''s role in what was a truly golden age of American popular music and jazz, offering close looks at some of his greatest performances and film work, comprehensive listings of all known broadcast recordings made by Berigan and his bands, as well as numerous previously unpublished photos of the great jazz artist.
Michael Zirpolo has been a practicing attorney since 1975. He has written numerous articles and presented many times on jazz musicians and the development of jazz from 1925 to 1960. He has served as a guest on radio programs and has digitally remastered vintage jazz recordings.
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Title:Mr. Trumpet: The Trials, Tribulations, And Triumph Of Bunny BeriganFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:588 pages, 8.69 X 5.81 X 1.69 inShipping dimensions:588 pages, 8.69 X 5.81 X 1.69 inPublished:July 25, 2013Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810888742

ISBN - 13:9780810888746

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From now on, everyone writing about the great swing and big band trumpeter Bunny Berigan will have to refer to this book. When they do, they just might realize that they should pick out another jazzman to write about: Berigan is covered. Mr. Trumpet is and will be for a long time the definitive biography of this wonderful musician. ... he has done his homework and has created a book that every Bunny Berigan fan will want to keep on their shelves for repeated readings, as well as a book that casual fans of the music of the swing years, the late ''20s and ''30s, will devour like a slice of lemon meringue pie. ... Mr. Trumpet takes us inside not just a man''s life but a whole world that we know only superficially. It''s a story worth the telling and a world worth the seeing.