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Guide to Jazz was written by Hugues Panassié and Madeleine Gautier. It was translated by Desmond Flower and edited by A. A. Gurwitch. Louis Armstrong wrote an introduction. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston and printed at Riverside Press in Cambridge. This copy has a 1956 copyright date by Robert Laffont, Paris. The book was originally published in Paris, France in 1954 as the Dictionnaire du Jazz.

The contents of the book cannot be described any better than by Gurwitch in the Editor’s Note: “The purpose of the Guide to Jazz is to provide, in alphabetical order, a ready reference source to all aspects of authentic jazz: history and background, musicians and bands, styles, instruments, the great standard tunes, and definitions of technical terms.”
Louis Satchmo Armstrong, in his Introduction, stated that he thought Guide to Jazz was one of the finest books on jazz that had ever been published. He wrote: “To me it’s the musicians’ Bible, what we live by.”

The blue, cloth cover hard back book measures 5-1/2” by 8-1/2” and is 1-1/8” thick. The title is in white lettering (slightly faded) on the cover and spine, printed over a darker blue. The book is in good vintage condition, with very minor use and age wear. The covers and pages are intact and there are no markings or tears. A tiny (approximately 1/8" diameter) grease spot shows up on a few of the photo pages. There are 312 pages, including 32 pages of black and white photographs and an Appendix. The book has entries starting with Ray (Abramson) Abrams and ending with Bob Zurke. Of course jazz musicians like Fats Waller, T-Bone Walker, Miles Davis, and Earl Hines are included with so many others.

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RESERVED FOR E - Guide to Jazz by Hugues Panassié and Madeleine Gautier - Called The Musicians' Bible by Louis Armstrong Printed 1956