Instead of writing the blog post last weekend, I spent
much of my time preparing documents for SUNY Press
for the forthcoming paperback edition of the Pepper
Adams biography. The publisher required a bunch of
forms, including a Marketing Questionnaire and
Photograph Spreadsheet, that took about twenty hours
to complete. Fortunately, all of them are now done,
submitted, and in their hands for processing. I've been
told to expect the book to hit Amazon.com and other
booksellers late next year.
For those of you who are adverse to buying or reading
ebooks, or those awaiting the paperback edition, let me
remind you of a few things. The paperback edition is
greatly abridged, maybe as much as half of the original
text. Moreover, all of the 450 music links are removed.
Also deleted are all of the incredible photographs. My
suggestion is to grab the ebook, if for no other reason
than to hear all of the great music. I carefully chose my
favorites, half of which have never been released! See:
Yesterday was Pepper Adams’s 92nd birthday. Also,
baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, arguably Pepper’s
first disciple, passed away yesterday. It reminded me of
Harry Carney’s death. He too died on Pepper’s birthday.
How weird is that?
A few announcements. Several updates have been
made to https://www.pepperadams.com/. Three musician
roundtables that I hosted about Adams are now far more
visible on the site's homepage:
https://www.pepperadams.com/PanelDiscussions.html Second, new transcriptions have been added:
I’m also pleased to announce that Noah Pettibon is the
new co-author, along with John Vana, of the third book
on Pepper Adams. Intended as a complement to my
biography, this will be a musicological study of Adams’s
style. Their intention is to write it in two parts, one for the
lay reader, the other for musicians. Vana and Pettibon’s
expected publication date is 2030, Adams’s centennial.