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Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia by Norman R. Saks (signed by Phil Schaap)
Description: First edition, 2007. 147 pages, hardcover with gloss jacket. 9 inches wide by 11.5 inches tall.
Available with the following signatures:
1. Signed by Phil Schaap
2. Signed and Personalized by Phil Schaap
Please specify in order notes whether you would like a personalization from Phil.
The Jazz Record Center said – "The Norman R. Saks Collection of jazz memorabilia is remarkable, both in size and scope. The emphasis is on Charlie Parker, including Dial test pressings, autographs, photographs, handwritten notes, contracts, awards, letters and posters, but this collection also includes rare postcards, photo souvenir folders, matchbooks, ashtrays and posters from most of the major jazz clubs in the USA from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. This fascinating collection is a delight for anyone remotely interested in jazz history. The book has been documented and designed by Ken Vail, author of 'Jazz Milestones', 'Swing Era Scrapbook' and many other books on jazz legends, with the invaluable assistance of Norman R. Saks, the obsessive curator of this wonderful collection."
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Excerpt: Phil Schaap's "Appreciation" – "Norman Saks is a world class representative of the Jazz collector, and endangered species whose world is disappearing. A new generation and a new system of Jazz collecting have emerged. Its memers consider anonymous and unverified postings on the Internet as discographical gospel. They store this information and the music they attach to it in small, often extremely small, boxes; and elieve they own and know it all. Their new world, from the perspectives of Jazz scholarship and Jazz listening, is an inferior one and makes the publication of the artifacts and documents in Saks' collection, at this moment, an important, even vital, issue. The illustration that someone, currently living, can go out and find – I mean discover! – originals: documents that demonstrate truth and can expand Jazz knowledge and enjoyment is a profound lesson. That Normak Saks, in assembling his collection, can teach that lesson is a tribute to the science of discography, a superior methodology of music research that started with Jazz, and Saks' expertise in that science. Norman Saks has gone past the sequences of dates and master numbers to the documents that are the roots of such lists. Behold."
Reviews: BirdLives.co.uk said – "Anyone interested in Charlie Parker will find this an important publication, not least for the quality and quantity of Parker and jazz related ephemera but it also has a much broader appeal for as a record of an era, a 'zeitgeist' document, capturing the spirit of the most popular jazz age. Norman has spent many years avidly collecting Charlie Parker memorabilia. Most of the Charlie Parker items were gathered methodically, before the internet, through exhaustive searches, and equally exhaustive negotiations. His determination to gather this collection together is a credit not only to the memory of Charlie Parker, but to Norman himself. He has become the custodian of all things Charlie Parker. If it were not for Norman, many of the items recorded in the book may have been lost for ever. Highlights include the images of Charlie's copy of Bird With Strings, where Charlie has sketched what he thought would make a better cover. Another is the image of the only record of Charlie using 'Christopher' as his middle name on an offical document. The book is filled with images that bring to life the Charlie Parker age."