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BOOK REviewS

This section includes reviews of books on jazz subjects by a number of writers. Reviewers interested in contributing are welcome to contact the editor by filling out the form in the CONTACT tab. When contributing please include the title of the book and its author, the name of the publisher, the date of publication, the book’s ISBN number, and the number of pages in the book. Please also provide, if possible, a high resolution scan of the book’s cover. Readers can click on the INDEX button for a list of reviews in this folder.

 
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THE LION ROARS: THE MUSICAL LIFE OF WILLIE ‘THE LION’ McINTYRE

by Phil Sandford

Reviewed by Loretta Barnard

AustralianJazz.net, September 23, 2018

In my father’s book Bob Barnard’s Jazz Scrapbook (2012), there’s a brief reference to Willie ‘The Lion’ McIntyre. Apart from the fact that he appeared with Bob in a couple of musical comedy sketches on a television program in 1960, that was all I knew of the man until I read Phil Sandford’s excellent musical biography. A key member of both Tony Newstead’s Southside Gang and the Portsea Trio, McIntyre was a prominent figure in the formative years of Australian jazz…

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THE LION ROARS: THE MUSICAL LIFE OF WILLIE ‘THE LION’ McINTYRE

by Phil Sandford

Reviewed by Ted Nettelbeck

Posted September 29, 2018

William Landale McIntyre (1919-1987) was a pioneer of Australian revivalist jazz, a contemporary of the Bell brothers, Lazy Ade Monsbourgh, George Tack, Don Pixie Roberts, Dave Dallwitz; and long-time regular pianist with Melbourne-based trumpeter Tony Newstead in sundry groups including the South Side Gang; and with George Tack (regular clarinettist with Newstead) in different small combos…

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ELLA FITZGERALD IN AUSTRALIA – A HISTORY

by Dr Ian D Clark

Reviewed by Ted Nettelbeck

Submitted October 16, 2018

As the opening Dedication clarifies, the book is intended to provide a record of Ella Fitzgerald’s time in Australia on four occasions (1954, 1960, 1970, 1978). Next to nothing is known about the 1970 visit but the others were whirlwind affairs, with her performing at different times under tight schedule conditions at concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth; and also in Auckland, New Zealand. However, as the author has confirmed, these activities have largely been ignored in major biographies…