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Dottie Dodgion is a jazz drummer who played with the best.  A survivor, she lived an entire lifetime before she was seventeen. Undeterred by hardships she defied the odds and earned a seat as a woman in the exclusive men’s club of jazz. Her dues-paying path as a musician took her from early work with Charles Mingus to being hired by Benny Goodman at Basin Street East on her first day in New York. From there she broke new ground as a woman who played a “man’s instrument” in first-string, all-male New York City jazz bands. Her inspiring memoir talks frankly about her music and the challenges she faced, and shines a light into the jazz world of the 1960s and 1970s.
 
Vivid and always entertaining, The Lady Swings tells Dottie Dodgion's story with the same verve and straight-ahead honesty that powered her playing.

Variety Best Music Book of 2021

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Prefatory Notes
  2. Wayne Enstice
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part I. The California Years
  1. Scene One: On the Road
  2. pp. 7-11
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  1. Scene Two: Spot
  2. pp. 12-18
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  1. Behind Scenes One: The Giaimos
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  1. Scene Three: Eleanor Powell's Shoes
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  1. Behind Scenes Two: The Tiptons
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  1. Scene Four: The Eight-Day Clock
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  1. Scene Five: Polio
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  1. Scene Six: Jail Bait
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  1. Scene Seven: TD&L
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  1. Scene Eight: Mingus
  2. pp. 55-59
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  1. Scene Nine: Apple Pie, Apple Pie, Apple Pie
  2. pp. 60-65
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  1. Scene Ten: A Little Help from My Friends
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  1. Scene Eleven: The Drummer Was Always Late
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  1. Scene Twelve: Monty
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  1. Scene Thirteen: Jerry
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  1. Scene Fourteen: 176 Steps
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  1. Behind Scenes Three: Eugene's Lessons
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  1. Scene Fifteen: First Time in Vegas
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  1. Scene Sixteen: Followed by Myself in the Moonlight
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  1. Scene Seventeen: The It Club
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  1. Scene Eighteen: Thunderbird
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  1. Part II. The New York and East Coast Years
  1. Scene Nineteen: 14 Drummers
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  1. Scene Twenty: Mount Airy Lodge
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  1. Scene Twenty-One: Strollers
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  1. Scene Twenty-Two: The Village Stompers
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Scene Twenty-Three: Eddie Condon's
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  1. Behind Scenes Four: Pearls to Swine
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  1. Scene Twenty-Four: Park Ridge
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  1. Scene Twenty-Five: Piano Party
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  1. Behind Scenes Five: Ruby
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  1. Scene Twenty-Six: Suburban Housewife
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  1. Scene Twenty-Seven: In the Middle of the Brook
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  1. Scene Twenty-Eight: Harold's Rogue and Jar
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  1. Scene Twenty-Nine: Melba Liston and Company
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  1. Scene Thirty: Fazee Cakes
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  1. Part III. California Redux
  1. Scene Thirty-One: The Best Kept Secret in Town
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  1. Scene Thirty-Two: A Leader at Sixty-Five
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  1. Scene Thirty-Three: Pacific Grove
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  1. Scene Thirty-Four: Nonagenarian
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  1. Postscript
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  1. Notes
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  1. Selected Discography
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  1. Index
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  1. Music in American Life Series Information
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252052477
Related ISBN
9780252043598
MARC Record
OCLC
1246445308
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-22
Language
English
Open Access
No

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