Howard Fischer was the founder and executive director of The N.Y. Jazz Museum from 1977 until its ultimate demise in 1987. Jack Bradley, a writer and photographer, was also instrumental in its inception and among others its eventual death. A problem that permeates the jazz milieu to this day.
This book will satisfy both the cognoscenti and the fan alike. The information and the news items contained in this 133 page booklet bring the glory days of jazz to life and detail the devious side of the jazz world with all its seaminess laid bare.
In the 70s jazz was scarce in the big apple and a chance meeting with a Frank Bristol who had an interest in starting a "jazz society" Fischer began a journey that would eventually culminate in the establishment of a jazz museum. Thus began a circuitous path to a venue that presented a membership program a sales shop film programs tours in the U.S. and overseas a monthly jazz newsletter and most importantly live jazz programs. Fischer was funded by Seagrams and the Ford Foundation for these endeavors.
Every major figure on the scene made an appearance at the Jazz Museum from the bop tap dancing genius of Baby Laurence (who on occasion did exchanges with Charlie Parker in other venues) to Ellington Basie Billie Holiday Benny Goodman most of these artists also donated memorabilia and personal items for display.
Throughout this book the news items that were published in the N.Y. Times the Village Voice and other leading pubs about the goings on at the museum are interspersed freely on the pages of this historical treatise.
This informative and lively discourse on the rise and fall of a wonderful idea that collapsed in a freefall of infighting is a fascinating study of both the joy of jazz and the shady side of the business of business.
Howard Fischer's dream bore a brief fruition and and a quarrelsome unfortunate end.
The true music lover will find this book the ultimate inside story of the top jazz musicians of the era and the sad ending of an wonderful idea extinguished by infighting and jealousy.
I hate to repeat an old clich? but this is a must read for scholars and jazz buffs alike.'This informative and lively discourse on the rise and fall of a wonderful idea that collapsed in a freefall of infighting is a fascinating study of both the joy of jazz and the shady side of the business of business.