Contents 1 Biography 2 Bibliography 3 Discography 4 References 5 External links


Biography[edit] Feather was born in London into a strictly conformist upper middle-class Jewish family. He learned to play the piano and clarinet without formal training and started writing about jazz and film by his late teens. At age of twenty-one, Feather made his first visit to the United States, and after working in the UK and the US as a record producer finally settled in New York City in 1939, where he lived until moving to Los Angeles in 1960. Feather was co-editor of Metronome magazine[1] and served as chief jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times until his death. Feather's compositions have been widely recorded, including "Evil Gal Blues" and "Blowtop Blues" by Dinah Washington, and what is possibly his biggest hit, "How Blue Can You Get?" by blues artists Louis Jordan and B. B. King. But it was as a writer on jazz (as a journalist, critic, historian, and campaigner) that he made his biggest mark: "Feather was for a long time the most widely read and most influential writer on jazz."[2] Even jazz enthusiasts who didn't read his books and articles would have known him from the liner notes that he wrote for hundreds of jazz albums. He also has a radio show called "Platterbrains" that aired from 1953 to 1958. Feather organized the first Carnegie Hall jazz concerts, the only two jazz concerts at the original Metropolitan Opera House.[3] He wrote the lyrics to the jazz song "Whisper Not", which was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1966 Verve release of the same name. In 1984, Feather was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.[4] Feather's archives are part of the International Jazz Collections at the University of Idaho Library.[5] Feather died from complications of pneumonia in Encino, California, at the age of 80. He was the father of lyricist and songwriter Lorraine Feather.[6]


Bibliography[edit] 1955: The Encyclopedia of Jazz, with foreword by Duke Ellington (Horizon Press) 1956: The Encyclopedia Yearbook of Jazz (Horizon) 1993 reprint (Da Capo) ISBN 0-306-80529-4 1963: Laughter from the Hip co-written with Jack Tracy (Da Capo) ISBN 978-0-306-80092-4 1966: The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties 1977: Inside Jazz (Da Capo) ISBN 0-306-80076-4 1977: Pleasures of Jazz (Delacorte) ISBN 0-385-28786-0 1987: From Satchmo to Miles (Da Capo) ISBN 1-4176-1892-2 1987: Encyclopedic Yearbook of Jazz reprint (Da Capo) ISBN 0-306-76289-7 1987: The Jazz Years – Earwitness to an Era (Da Capo) 1988: Book of Jazz (Horizon) ISBN 0-8180-1202-1 1999: The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz co-written with Ira Gitler, second (revised) edition (Oxford University Press) ISBN 0-19-507418-1 2000: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Discography[edit] 1937–1945: Leonard Feather 1937–1945 (Classics) 1951: Leonard Feather's Swingin' Swedes (Prestige) 1954: Dixieland vs. Birdland (MGM) 1954: Cats Vs. Chicks (MGM) 1954: Winter Sequence (MGM) 1956: West Coast vs. East Coast (MGM) 1956: Swingin' on the Vibories (MGM) 1957: Hi-Fi Suite (MGM) 1957: 52nd Street (VSOP) 1958: Swingin' Seasons (MGM) 1959: Jazz from Two Sides (Concept) 1971: Night Blooming Jazzmen featuring Kittie Doswell (Mainstream) 1971: Freedom Jazz Dance (Mainstream) 1971–1972: Night Blooming (Mainstream) 1972: All-Stars (Mainstream) 1997: Presents Bop (Tofrec) With Langston Hughes Weary Blues (MGM, 1959)


References[edit] ^ Davis, Miles (1989). Miles: The Autobiography. Simon & Schuster. p. 67. ISBN 978-0671725822.  ^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Rough Guides. pp. 258–259. ISBN 978-1843532569.  ^ "Leonard Feather". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-11-07.  ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1994-09-23/news/mn-41941_1_leonard-feather ^ "Leonard Feather Jazz Collection". University of Idaho. Retrieved 2 October 2017.  ^ Watrous, Peter (24 September 1994). "Leonard Feather, 80, Composer And the Dean of Jazz Critics". The New York Times. 


External links[edit] Leonard Feather at AllMusic Leonard Feather music catalogue Leonard Feather pianist and producer appearing on Donald H. Gabor's Continental 78 RPM Jazz Records Leonard Feather at Encyclopædia Britannica Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 33238292 LCCN: n50001002 ISNI: 0000 0001 1757 2062 GND: 11926241X SUDOC: 081223382 BNF: cb12171686h (data) MusicBrainz: 7b1f4382-fc71-435e-8ed7-e41ad8014b22 BNE: XX928544 SNAC: w6hj4s58 Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Leonard_Feather&oldid=823545806" Categories: 1914 births1994 deathsBebop pianistsEnglish blues musiciansEnglish jazz composersEnglish male composersEnglish jazz pianistsBritish emigrants to the United StatesEnglish JewsEnglish music journalistsEnglish record producersGrammy Award winnersJazz writersJewish musiciansSwing pianistsAlumni of University College LondonDiscographers20th-century pianists20th-century classical musicians20th-century composers20th-century English musiciansJewish jazz musiciansHidden categories: EngvarB from October 2017Use dmy dates from October 2017Articles with hCardsArticles with Encyclopædia Britannica linksWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiersWikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers


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