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Charlie Parker – Bud Powell – Coleman Hawkins – Etc. – Norman Granz Signed Jazz Scene Ltd Ed Box Set

A very clean copy of ‘The Jazz Scene,’ the limited edition 1949 ‘album’ compiled by Norman Granz. Jazz record producer, promoter and label owner Granz put this lavish set together ‘in an attempt to present today’s jazz scene in terms of the visual, the written word and the auditory,’ according to his essay in the liner notes. Downbeat Magazine called this “probably the most remarkable record album ever issued.” Bound like a book in gold stamped cloth boards, the set includes six 12′ 78 RPM discs, featuring original tracks by Duke Ellington, Neil Hefti, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Willie Smith, Machito, Bud Powell, George Hardy, and Ralph Burns. An essay by Granz accompanies each disc. There are 30 high quality photographs, most by noted photographer Gjon Mili; each is printed on it’s own 12′ x 12 ¾’ sheet. The subjects include Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Lester Young, Buddy Rich, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Machito, Max Roach with Bud Powell, Louis Armstrong with Roy Eldridge, Lester Young with Dickie Wells, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson with Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie with Duke Ellington, and Billie Holliday. The title page is numbered 2072 of 5000 and signed by Granz, opposite a fold out image by legendary jazz illustrator David Stone Martin. The cover is in near excellent condition, with some light rubbing. The pages are in excellent condition overall, and each disc is VG++ or better. A unique and deluxe presentation.

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