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RED CALLENDER! First Edition Paperback of ART PEPPER's  Autobiography Signed by Bassist Red Callendar and inscribed to Fellow Musician (SOLD!!)

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"Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper" by Art and Laurie Pepper, 517 pages with photos, first edition paperback (1979), signed by Red Callendar.

One of the most harrowing and essential jazz biographies ever written, "Straight Life" follows Pepper's amazing career from his tenure as the only white member of the Benny Carter Orchestra in the 1930s while only a teenager through his days with the Kenton Orchestra and his remarkable modern jazz records in the 50s until his death. Pepper suffered from drug addiction and spent 8 years in correctional facilities as a result - this book unflinchingly looks at his hard times in great detail.

This copy was signed by prolific bassist and Pepper's friend, Red Callendar to Phil Thompson a saxophone player and clarinetist who played with Maxine Sullivan in her later years.

Red Callendar played with a virtual who's who of jazz legends from the 40s onward. He is also remarkable for his solo LP "Callendar Speaks Low" which is the only modern jazz record (to my knowledge) to feature the tuba!

Below is a brief biography of Callendar written by Scott Yanow for the All Music Gude to Jazz (reprinted with Scott's kind permission):

" A busy studio musician who appeared on a countless number of recordings during his productive (and generally lucrative) career, Red Callender is the only player to turn down offers to join both Duke Ellington's Orchestra and the Louis Armstrong All-Stars! After briefly freelancing in New York, Callender settled in Los Angeles in 1936, debuting on record the next year with Louis Armstrong. In the early '40s he was in the Lester and Lee Young band and then formed his own trio. Callender in the 1940s recorded with Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon among many others and can be seen and heard taking a bebop break on bass in the 1946 film New Orleans (which was supposed to depict the city's music scene of 1915!). After a period spent leading a trio in Hawaii, Callender returned to Los Angeles, becoming one of the first Black musicians to work regularly in the commercial studios. On his 1954 Crown LP Speaks Low, Callender was one of the earliest modern jazz tuba soloists and he would occasionally double on that instrument in future years. His composition "Primrose Lane" became a Top Ten hit in 1959 when recorded by Billy Wallace. Keeping busy up until his death, some of the highlights of the bassist's later career include recording with Art Tatum (1955-56), playing with Charles Mingus at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, working with James Newton's avant-garde woodwind quintet (on tuba) and performing as a regular member of the Cheatham's Sweet Baby Blues Band. Callender's mid-'80s autobiography Unfinished Dream is quite informative and colorful. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide"


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