5. Sources


Balliett, Whitney, American Musicians: 56 Portraits in Jazz. Oxford University Press: 1986. (background on Dave Tough, inc. Stacy and Shaughnessy quotes)

—. New York Notes: A Journal of Jazz in the Seventies. Houghton Mifflin: 1976.

Collier, James Lincoln, Benny Goodman and the Swing Era. Oxford University Press: 1989. (Along with Firestone, the key resource for this entry. (“Benny’s world is built around Benny…)

Crowther, Bruce, Gene Krupa: His Life and Times. Omnibus Press: 2012 [1987] (“Gene was magnetic…grunting as if I was in a steel mill”).

Evensmo, Jan, The Piano of Theodore “Teddy” Wilson. (invaluable Wilson sessionography; a work in progress.)

Farley, Jeff,  Making America’s Music: Jazz History and the Jazz Preservation Act. Ph.D. thesis, University of Glasgow, 2008.

Firestone, Ross, Swing Swing Swing: The Life and Times of Benny Goodman. W.W. Norton: 1993. (This remains the Goodman biography of record. “everything he played was boom-cha…Teddy’s rather chilly reserve…he rose above everything…eliminating color segregation…little cellophane barrier…eat some shit pops!…cut his head off with a cymbal…sounded too white)

Freeman, Bud, with Robert Wolf, Crazeology: The Autobiography of a Chicago Jazzman. Bayou Press: 1989. (“Benny lived in an egomaniacal shell”)

Giddins, Gary, Visions of Jazz. Oxford University Press: 1998.

Giddins, Gary and Scott DeVeaux, Jazz. W.W. Norton: 2009. (has a great bar-by-bar breakdown of the Quartet’s “Dinah”)

Goodman, Benny, and Irving Kolodin, The Kingdom of Swing. Stackpole Sons: 1939.

Hampton, Lionel, with James Haskins, Hamp. Warner Books: 1989.

Josephson, Barney, with Terry Trilling-Josephson, Cafe Society: The Wrong Place For the Right People. University of Illinois Press: 2009. (“you’re never around anybody long enough…you’re just at the mercy of it”)

Klauber, Bruce, Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend. Alfred Publishing: 2005.

Korall, Burt, Drummin’ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz. Schirmer: 1990. (“My father died pretty early…I gave it a good try…Baby killed me…dragging sticks across the snare…green awning…knocking his brains out”)

Lowe, Allen, That Devilin’ Tune: A Jazz History, 1900-1950. Music & Arts Programs of America: 2001.

Schoenberg, Loren, Benny Goodman: Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings [liner notes]. BMG: 1997.

Schuller, Gunther, The Swing Era. Oxford University Press: 1989.

Wilson, Teddy, with Arie Lithgart and Humphrey Van Loo, Teddy Wilson Talks Jazz. Cassell: 1996. (“Goodman was not the first..”)

Articles/ Interviews

Buckley, Tom, “Winging It With Old Goodman Gang,” New York Times, 29 June 1973.

Conover, Willis, interview with Goodman for Voice of America/Music USA, 21 December 1955. (“Gene never had a good band…Shaw’s band was a copy of my band…experiment leave it at that”)

Crow, Bill, “To Russia Without Love,” Jazzletter, August-November 1986. (“class of musician I can’t afford to hire”)

Feather, Leonard, “The Other Sounds of Teddy Wilson,” Los Angeles Times, 2 August 1986.

Ferguson, Otis, “The Spirit of Jazz,” The New Republic, 30 December 1936.

Giddins, Gary, “Teddy Wilson’s Golden Oldies,” Village Voice, November 1980 (later collected in Rhythm-a-ning).

Hammond, John, “Why Has Benny Goodman Changed?” Music and Rhythm, June 1942.

Hampton, Lionel, to Bernard Seeman, “Me and Benny Goodman,” Saturday Evening Post, 18 December 1954. (“water boy” anecdote)

Hentoff, Nat, “The Music That Is New Again” [Wilson profile, later collected in Jazz Is], New York Times, 14 April 1974.

Lissner, John, “Teddy Wilson—Impeccable,” New York Times, 10 March 1974.

McPartland, Marian, “Benny Goodman: From the Inside,” Down Beat, 9 April 1964.

Millstein, Gilbert, “Apostle of Swing,” New York Times, 19 April 1953. (“monotony got to me”)

Orodenker, M.H., “Stuff & Stuff (Orchestral Notes column),” Billboard, 19 February 1938.

“Predicted Race Riot Faced as Dallas Applauds Quartet!,” Down Beat [no author credited], October 1937.

Ross, Lillian, “Quick Bash,” The New Yorker, 4 March 1950.

Scanlan, Tom, “The Impeccable Mr. Wilson,” Down Beat, 22 January 1959.

Signature (CBS Cable), interview with Goodman by Gregory Jackson, 1981.

Wilson, John S., “Gene Krupa, Revolutionary Drummer, Dies,” New York Times, 17 October 1973.

Wilson, Teddy, WNYC interview, 13 February 1950. [archived here].


America’s Ace Drummer Man Gene Krupa.

Gene Krupa Reference Page.

Teddy Wilson Discography.