Jade Visions
The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro
Performing Arts
6 x 9, 352 pp.
25 b&w illus. Notes. Discography.
Pub Date: 08/22/2014
North Texas Lives of Musician Series
  paper
Price:        $18.95

978-1-57441-575-9

Published by University of North Texas Press

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Winner of the Best Book of 2009, Jazz Division, sponsored by AllAboutJazz-New York, 2009
Selected for "Best of the Best" from University Presses, ALA Annual Conference, 2010
Winner of the 2010 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Jazz, 2010 

Jade Visions

The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro

By Helene LaFaro-Fernández
Foreword by Don Thompson
Introduction by Gene Lees

Winner of the Best Book of 2009, Jazz Division, sponsored by AllAboutJazz-New York, 2009.
Selected for "The Best of the Best" from University Presses, ALA Conference, 2010.
Winner of the 2010 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Jazz, 2010.
 
Jade Visions is the first biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential jazz musicians, bassist Scott LaFaro. Best known for his landmark recordings with Bill Evans, LaFaro played bass a mere seven years before his life and career were tragically cut short by an automobile accident when he was only 25 years old. Told by his sister, this book uniquely combines family history with insight into LaFaro's music by well-known jazz experts and musicians Gene Lees, Don Thompson, Jeff Campbell, Phil Palombi, Chuck Ralston, Barrie Kolstein, and Robert Wooley. Those interested in Bill Evans, the history of jazz, and the lives of working musicians of the time will appreciate this exploration of LaFaro’s life and music as well as the feeling they’ve been invited into the family circle as an intimate.

HELENE LA FARO-FERNÁNDEZ was born in Irvington, New Jersey, but spent most of her youth in Geneva, New York. In 1957 she joined her brother Scott in Los Angeles and has made her home there ever since.

What Readers Are Saying:

 "Fernandez’ insightful comments about her brother offer far more than jazz scholars have ever known about this significant and somewhat enigmatic figure in the history of jazz. All in all, a very complete portrait."—Bill Milkowski, author of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius

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