BIOGRAPHICAL BOOKS FOR THE TRUMPET
In addition to instruction books, there are some really interesting books about the great musicians who have played the trumpet. It's been both fun and educational reading the various stories - here are some of my favorite books:Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life
by Laurence Bergreen
Great look at the life at the man who blazed the trail for the rest of us.
Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong
by Gary Giddins
Another interesting and informative look at the one and only.
Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter
by Nick Catalano
Finally an inside look at the amazing player who was taken from us way too soon.
Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James
by Peter J. Levinson
Nice book on the man with the perfect technique.
To Be, or Not . . . to Bop
by Dizzy Gillespie and Al Fraser
Informative and entertaining autobiography on one of the founders of bebop.
Groovin' High: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie
by Alyn Shipton
This biography of the trumpet great provides additional in-depth information that goes beyond Dizzy's autobiography.
Trumpet Kings: The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet
by Scott Yanow
Great source of information on many of the greatest jazz players.
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