An Illustrated Biography and Discography of the Swing Era Big Band Leader
About the Book
Saxophonist Charlie Barnet (1913–1991) scrabbled for jobs both as a sideman and as a leader. His concern was not so much attracting a broad public or making a lot of money, but instead to form bands with a strong musical content that were somewhere between the out-and-out jazz bands and the commercially successful bands of his day. His musicians and arrangements were his own choices and he was able to put together a good mix of lead men and soloists, rhythm section players, and talented arrangers along with his own voice and saxophone playing. Charlie’s solos were good for their time and caught the ears of popular music reviewers. Many photographs and illustrations (including some rare) accompany this full account of his life and career.
The discography provides such information as the names of the songs, arrangers, musicians, and vocalists, record company and number, and brief commentary. Song title, name and program indexes and an album listing accompany the text.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2008 
Table of Contents
1. Sideman, 1913–1932 1
2. Leader, 1933–1937 8
3. Cherokee—The Billy May Band, 1939–1941 32
4. Skyliner—The Andy Gibson Band, 1942–1945 68
5. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be, 1946–1948 105
6. Be-bop Spoken Here, 1949 126
7. Barnetology, 1950–1966 137
8. The Last Jump, 1967 73
9. In a Mellow Tone, 1967–1991 177
Between pages 180 and 181 are 16 pages containing 32 photographs.
Album Listing 183
Recording Units Index 211
Program Index 213
Song Title Index 215
Name Index 221
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, ARSC Award for Excellence
“really delivers the goods…unique…pertinent and crazy accounts of Barnet and his band. Great photos and use of clippings…never dull”—Classic Images; “a full account of the life and career of Barnet with an up-to-date discography…recommended”—ARBA.