Jun 25, 2015
Journalist James Gavin is the author of four acclaimed books each exploring the interior lives of music legends. His ﬁrst book, Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret, was published in 1991 followed by Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne in 2009 and 2014's Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee.
James's journalism has appeared in countless publications such as the New York Times, the Hufﬁngton Post and Vanity Fair. Additionally, he's written liner notes for over 400 CD's including a Grammy nomination for penning the GRP box set Ella Fitzgerald: The Legendary Decca Recordings. James has been the recipient of numerous awards, accolades and praise from the likes of ASCAP, Salon and fellow music writer Greil Marcus.
In between writing assignments and promoting Is That All There is?, James is currently touring as narrator/host with Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project, a concert that stars former Supreme Mary Wilson and the Larry Dunlap Trio.
Visit James online: http://jamesgavin.com/index.html
Talk Music Talk Playlist/034: The James Gavin Edition
This week's Spotify playlist is a melancholy tribute to the fascinating subjects of guest James Gavin: Lena Horne, Chet Baker and Peggy Lee. If I had my druthers this mix would come with a large box of tissues! Unfortunately, that's not feasible...and perhaps, unneeded. As James says, Sad songs make you feel less alone. Enjoy!
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