In Leslie Gourses updated LOUIs' CHILDREN readers are given an indepth highly readable look at American jazz singers. There are tales and stories that will surprise the reader.
Part 1: Prelude has 5 chapters which cover Cousin Joe of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Bing Crosby Fred Astaire Bobby McFerrin and Cab Calloway. Part 2: Big Band Era contains four chapters including an insightful look at Billie Holiday. Part 3: Singers on Their Own contains many chapters detailing various singers and their influence on jazz singing. The sections are detailed and insightful and discuss Frank Sinatra Mel Torme Ella Fitzgrald Tony Bennett Rosemary Clooney Sylvia Syms among others. Part 4 The B-Natural Generation covers more recent jazz singers including Tania Maria and Janet Lawson. Concluding material includes lists of American jazz singers and a nice bibliography for further reading.
Jazz readers will love this book for its details and revelations. It is a book that should be in your local Public Library for readers who enjoy jazz. Highly recommended.'For any person interested in reading about American jazz singers, Leslie Gourse has written a reference work that is detailed and fascinating to read.