James Lincoln Collier

James Lincoln Collier ( * June 27, 1928 in New York) is an American journalist, author and youth jazz author.

Collier came from a family of writers and teachers and made ​​in 1950 at Hamilton College 's financial statements. 1950/1 he was in the military and was afterwards until 1958 in New York magazine editor. In 1960 he published his first book, and from the mid- 1960s, he has written numerous children 's books ( fiction and non-fiction ), particularly books for young people with historical content, partly with his brother Christopher Collier ( " Drama of American History " series, Benchmark Books), a history professor. His book My Brother Sam is Dead (1974 ), which plays in the American War of Independence, in 1975 nominated for the National Book Award. He is also known for a series of jazz biographies of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman.

Collier is also jazz trombonist.

It should not be confused with the British jazz musician and jazz author Graham Collier.

Works (selection)

  • Jazz. The American Theme Song. Oxford University Press, New York 1995, ISBN 0-19-509635-5.
  • The Reception of Jazz in America. A New View. Institute for Studies in American Music, New York 1988 ( ISAM monographs, Vol 27).
  • Louis Armstrong. From New Orleans to Carnegie Hall ( " Louis Armstrong. An American Genius "). Econ, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-612-26716-7.
  • Duke Ellington. Genius of Jazz ( "Duke Ellington "). Ullsteinhaus, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-548-35839- X.
  • Benny Goodman King of Swing ( " Benny Goodman and the Swing Era" ). Heyne, Munich 1997, ISBN 3-453-12540-1.
  • The Making of Jazz. A comprehensive history. Papermac, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 0-333-31647-9.
  • Louis Armstrong. A biography ( " Louis Armstrong. An American Success Story "). Diogenes Verlag, Zurich 1990, ISBN 3-257-21908-3.
  • The Great Jazz Artists. Simon & Schuster, New York 1979, ISBN 0-590-07493-8 ( Nachdr d ed New York 1971).
  • Jazz. An American Saga. Holt, New York, 1991, ISBN 0-8050-4121-4.
  • Inside Jazz. Four Winds Press, New York 1973.
  • Making Music for Money. A Concise Guide. Franklin Watts, New York 1976, ISBN 0-531-02903-4.
  • Jug bands and handmade music. A creative approach to music theory and the instruments. Grosset & Dunlap, New York 1973, ISBN 0-448-26248-7.
  • Practical Music Theory. How Music Is Put Together from Bach to Rock. Norton, New York, 1970.