A Selected Art Farmer Bibliography

Over a 50-year career, there have obviously been many articles written about Art Farmer and his music. Here we attempt to list the most significant ones from books, magazine articles, newspapers and websites including several interviews. While not comprehensive, this compilation provides a variety of additional sources of information on Art and his legacy.

Books (alphabetical by author):

  • Balliett, Whitney. American Musicians II: Seventy-Two Portraits in Jazz, Oxford University Press, New York, 1996
  • Berliner, Paul F. Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1994
  • Bernotas, Bob. Top Brass: Interviews and Master Classes with Jazz’s Leading Brass Players, Boptism Book Publishing, New York, 2002
  • Bryant, Clora; Collette, Buddy; Green, William; Isoardi, Steven; Kelson, Jack; Tapscott, Horace; Wilson, Gerald; Young, Marl (Eds.). Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1999
  • Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby and Priestley, Brian. Jazz: The Rough Guide, Rough Guides Ltd., 1995
  • Catalano, Nick. Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter, Oxford University Press, New York, 2000
  • Cohen, Noal and Fitzgerald, Michael. Rat Race Blues: The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce, Second Edition, Current Research in Jazz, Rockville, MD, 2014
  • Crow, Bill. From Birdland to Broadway: Scenes from a Jazz Life, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992
  • Davis, Miles and Troupe, Quincy. Miles: The Autobiography, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1989
  • Farmer, Art. The Art of Art Farmer, Charles Colin Music, New York, 1984
  • Feather, Leonard and Gitler, Ira. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999
  • Fox, Charles at al. Jazz On Record a Critical Guide, Grey Arrow, London, 1960
  • Gabbard, Krin, Ed. Representing Jazz, Duke University Press, 1995
  • Gabbard, Krin. Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema, University of Chicago Press, 1996
  • Gaines, Adam. Work of Art: The Life and Music of Art Farmer, Doctoral Dissertation, Ball State University, 2005
  • Gitler, Ira. The Masters of Bebop: A Listener’s Guide, Da Capo Press, 2001
  • Golson, Benny and Merod, Jim. Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2016
  • Grime, Kitty. Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s, Robert Hale, Ltd., London, 1979
  • Heath, Jimmy and McLaren, Joseph. I Walked with Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2010
  • Hinton, Milt. OverTime: The Jazz Photographs of Milt Hinton – A Book of Postcards, Pomegranate Communications, 1991
  • Hultin, Randi. Born Under the Sign of Jazz, Sanctuary Publishing, 2003
  • Josephson, Sanford. Jeru’s Journey: The Life & Music of Gerry Mulligan, Hal Leonard, Milwaukee, 2015
  • Lees, Gene. Meet Me at Jim and Andy’s: Jazz Musicians and their World, Oxford University Press, New York, 1990
  • Mathieson, Kenny. Cookin’: Hard Bop and Soul Jazz 1954-65, Canongate, Edinburgh, 2002
  • Melhardt, Axel. Geschichte und G’schichtln: 20 Jahre Jazzland, Hot Club de Vienne, 1992
  • Moody, Bill. The Jazz Exiles: American Musicians Abroad, University of Nevada Press, Reno, Nevada, 1993
  • Otis, Johnny. Upside your Head! Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue, Wesleyan University Press, 1993
  • Ramsey, William E. and Shrier, Betty Dineen. Silent Hills Speak: A History of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 2000
  • Reed, Tom. The Black Music History of Los Angeles: Its Roots, Black Accent L.A. Press, Los Angeles, 1992
  • Reisner, Robert. The Jazz Titans, Doubleday & Co., Garden City, New York, 1960
  • Reisner, Robert. Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker, Citadel Press, New York, 1962
  • Rosenthal, David H. Hard Bop: Jazz & Black Music 1955-1965, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992
  • Silver, Horace. Let’s Get to the Nitty Gritty: The Autobiography of Horace Silver, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2006
  • Slone, Ken (Ed. Jamie Aebersold). 28 Modern Jazz Trumpet Solos, Book 1, Studio 224 (Alfred Publishing Co.), Van Nuys, California, 1999
  • Tanner, Lee. Jazz Address Book: Photographs by Lee Tanner, Pomegranate Calendars and Books, San Francisco, 1990
  • Ward, Tyrone. When Art Farmer Remembered Gigi Gryce: An Oral History of a Life in Jazz, self-published, Chicago, 1992
  • Wilmer, Valerie. Jazz People, Da Capo Press, 1991
  • Wilson, John S. The Collector’s Jazz: Modern, J.B. Lippincott, New York, 1959

Newspaper, Magazine and Journal Articles (chronological):

  • Flückiger, Otto. Fats Navarro’s Geist Lebt!, Jazz Revue, January 1954, p. ii
  • Hentoff, Nat. Counterpoint, Down Beat, April 7, 1954
  • Hentoff, Nat. A New Jazz Corporation-Gryce, Farmer, Down Beat, October 19, 1955, p.10
  • Caught in the Act, Art Farmer-Gigi Gryce, Birdland, New York, Down Beat, May 2, 1956, p 8
  • Korall, Burt. The Art Farmer Story: Art Is Farmer’s Sake, Metronome, May 1957, p. 29, 37-38
  • Cerulli, Dom. Farmer’s Markets, Down Beat, June 12, 1958, p. 18
  • Music News: Farmer to Form Group, Down Beat, October 29, 1959. p.15
  • Ioakimidis, Demètre. Art Farmer: Un Trompettiste en Progrès Constant, Jazz Hot, December 1959, p. 18-21
  • Farmer-Golson Group, Down Beat, December 10, 1959, p. 13
  • Art Farmer bildet eigene Formation, Schlagzeug, January 1960, p. 5
  • Feather, Leonard. Art Farmer: The Blindfold Test, Down Beat, March 17, 1960, p. 41
  • Gleason, Ralph J. Caught in the Act, Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Curtis Fuller: The Jazztet, The Blackhawk, San Francisco, Down Beat, March 31, 1960, p. 35
  • Meet the Jazztet, Down Beat, May 26, 1960, p. 18
  • McKinney, J. Art Farmer: An Odyssey in Maturity, Metronome, August 1960, p. 16-17
  • Cerulli, Dom. Art Farmer, International Musician, August 1960, p. 18
  • Lees, Gene. Farmer, Golson and the Rise of the Jazztet, Down Beat, September 1, 1960, p. 20
  • Feather, Leonard. Art Farmer: The Blindfold Test, Down Beat June 8, 1961, p. 41
  • How High the Mute: Two Part Harmony with Art Farmer and Louis Solomon, Metronome, June 1961, p. 14-15
  • Venudor, Pete. The Jazztet: Moderne jazz voor fijnproevers!, Rhythme Nederlands, August 1961, p. 16-18
  • Leyh, Teddy. Kritisches Mosaik: L’art pour l’art?, Jazz Podium, September 1961, p.220-222, 224
  • Lees, Gene. Caught in the Act: Art Farmer Quartet, Half Note, New York City, Down Beat, January 3, 1963, p. 34-35
  • Williams, Martin, Record Date: Art Farmer and Jim Hall, Down Beat, November 7, 1963, p. 24-26; correction in Down Beat, December 5, 1963, p. 8
  • Dobbin, Len. Art Farmer-Jim Hall Quartet, Penthouse, Montreal, Coda, February 1964, p. 25-26
  • Dawbarn, Bob. We’re Starting from the Bottom, Says Art Farmer, Melody Maker, June 20, 1964, p. 9
  • Wilmer, Valerie. Musicians Talking: Art Farmer, Jazz Monthly, August 1964, p. 17-20
  • Art Farmer, Jazz Podium, December 1964, p. 295
  • Antibes ’65: Entretien avec Art Farmer, Jazz Magazine, #122, 1965, p. 54-56
  •  Carles, Philippe. Portrait d’Art, Jazz Magazine, #118, 1965, p. 46-49
  • Feather, Leonard. Blindfold Test: Art Farmer, Down Beat, January 28, 1965, p. 30
  • Art Farmer Impressions, Crescendo, August 1965, p. 1
  • Art Farmer: Chancen für Jazzmusiker in Europa, Jazz Podium, December 1965, p. 318-319
  • Blome, R. Plattentest mit Art Farmer, Jazz Podium, February 1966, p. 46
  • Korall, Burt. Art Farmer: A Natural Evolution, Stereo Review, April 16, 1966, p. 68
  • Morgenstern, Dan. Art Farmer and the Imperatives of the Small Group, Down Beat, June 16, 1966
  • Quinn, Bill. Caught in the Act: Art Farmer, Plugged Nickel, Chicago, Down Beat, December 15, 1966, p. 38
  • Darlays, P. Farmer en Tournée, Jazz Magazine, #141, 1967, p. 11
  • Ginibre, Jean-Louis. Art, Jazz Magazine, #142, 1967, p. 18-23
  • Dawbarn, Bob. Art May Lack Showmanship, But That’s All, Melody Maker, September 23, 1967, p. 23
  • Ginibre, Jean-Louis. Pièges pour Art, Jazz Magazine, #153, 1968, p. 24-25
  • Henshaw, L. The Work of Art, Melody Maker, October 18, 1969, p. 8
  • Czadek, H. Americans in Europe: Art Farmer, Jazz Forum, #9, 1970, p. 70-71
  • Lystedt, Lars. Art Farmer: Ambivalent Expatriate, Down Beat, February 19, 1970, p. 18
  • Jones, Max: Art Farmer at Ronnie’s, Melody Maker, March 7, 1970, p. 10
  • Priestley, Brian. Caught in the Act: Art Farmer, Ronnie Scott’s Club, London, Down Beat, May 28. 1970, p. 29-30
  • Bouchgard, Fred. Art Farmer Talks, Jazz Journal, July 1970, p. 13
  • Art Farmer à Chateauvallon, Jazz Magazine, #203, 1972, p. 19
  • How They See the EJF: Art Farmer, Jazz Forum, August 1975, p. 31
  • Smith, Bill. Interview with Art Farmer, Coda Magazine, No. 144 (January-February 1976), p. 2
  • Fraser, C. Gerald, Art Farmer Finds Jazz in Europe Challenging, New York Times, August 26, 1976, p. 45
  • Feather, Leonard. Blindfold Test: Art Farmer, Down Beat, September 8, 1977, p. 43
  • Kirchner, Bill. Caught: Art Farmer, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., Down Beat, April 6, 1978, p. 36
  • Small Change in Farmer’s Village Market, Down Beat, January 25, 1979, p. 9
  • Albin, Scott. Caught: Art Farmer Quartet, Sweet Basil, New York City, Down Beat, February 25, 1979, p. 40
  • Bourget, Jean-Loup. Jazz en direct: Art Farmer, Jazz Magazine, June 1979, p. 9
  • Harris, Kaye. Incomparable Art, Radio Free Jazz, December 1979
  • Lucas, Yves.  Jazz en direct: Art Farmer, Jazz Magazine, August 1980, p. 18
  • Marchione, Andrea. Art Farmer al Jazz Club di Via Duca della Verdura, The Brass Group, January 1981, p. 17-18
  • Francfort, Didier. Jazz en direct. Art Farmer, Jazz Magazine, January 1981, p. 11
  • Welinski, Marc. Une ballade d’Art Farmer, Jazz Hot, July/August 1981, p. 11-14
  • Ruppli, Michel. Art Farmer: His Complete Discography, Part 1, International Records News, May 1982, pp. 57-60
  • Norris, John. The Jazztet – Fat Tuesday’s, New York City, Coda, August 1982, p. 26
  • Ruppli, Michel. Art Farmer: His Complete Discography, Part 2, International Records News, November 1982, pp. 63-66 (complete to October 1957)
  • Duncan, Amy. American Trumpeter Art Farmer’s Cool Notes in Vienna, The Christian Science Monitor, January 6, 1983, p. 18
  • Vàzquez, Enric. The Jazztet, Quàrtica Jazz, May 1983, p. 15
  • Tomkins, Les. International Individualist of Jazz: Art Farmer, Crescendo, 21/10 (1983), p. 20
  • Tomkins, Les. Finding the Flugelhorn’s Voice, Crescendo 21/11 (1983), p. 6-7
  • Waterhouse, Don. Gentleman Farmer, Jazz Journal, March 1984, p. 14-15
  • Pailhe, Joël. Histoire du jazz: Art Farmer, Moderne d’un gentleman, Jazz Hot, March 1984, p. 58- 59
  • Pagani, D. Art Farmer Interview, Cadence, May 1984, p. 10-16
  • Weber, Horst. Art Farmer: Ehrlichkeit als Mensch und Musiker, Jazz Podium, May 1984, p. 8-11
  • Weber, Horst. Plattentest mit Art Farmer, Jazz Podium, July 1984, p. 10-11
  • Balliett, Whitney. Profiles Here and Abroad: Art Farmer, The New Yorker, September 23, 1985, p. 43
  • Böttger, R. Art Farmer Solos Transcribed by Don Erjavec, Jazz Podium, September 1985, p. 59
  • Oakland, Veryl. Art à Vienne…Mal à Munich, Jazz Magazine, February 1986, p. 30-33
  • Blum, Joe. The Jazztet, Jazz Times, November 1986, p. 18-19
  • Levenson, Jeff. Profile: The Jazztet’s Flugelhorn Marvel Art Farmer, Hot House Magazine, April 1987, p. 13
  • Palmer, Robert. Farmer-Golson Group, New York Times, April 12, 1987, p. C15
  • Heckman, Don. Farmer’s Flugelhorn of Plenty, Los Angeles Times, November 12, 1987
  • Kart, Larry. Farmer and Associates Dish Up Remarkable Jazz Treat, Chicago Tribune, November 25, 1987
  • Levenson, Jeff. The Understated Eloquence of Art Farmer, Down Beat, January 1988, p. 22-24
  • Watrous, Peter. The Art Farmer-Clifford Jordan Group, New York Times, February 7, 1988
  • Stryker, Mark. Art Farmer, Jazziz, October/November 1988, p. 70, 75
  • Smith, Arnold Jay. Art Farmer: Philosophy and a Flumpet, Jazz Times, October 1990, p. 33
  • Balderas, Albert J. ARTistry Speaks: An Interview with Art Farmer, Jazz Trumpet Journal, January 1992, p. 7-18 (Part 1); December 1992 p. 18-29 (Part 2)
  • Minger, Dolores. Hollywood Interviews: Art Farmer, Marge Hofacre’s Jazz News, March/April 1992, p. 7
  • Erjavec, Don. Art Farmer Jazz Trumpet Transcription: “A Bitty Ditty”, Jazz Educators Journal, Fall 1992, p. 40-41
  • Parker, Chris. Horn Resolves a Dilemma, The Times of London, June 29, 1994
  • Art Farmer Solo on “Wildwood”, Jazz Trumpet Journal, July 1994, p. 20-21
  • Robinson, Greg. Art Farmer: Playing It Right, Jazz Times, October 1994, p, 47-48, 53
  • Merod, Jim. You Have to Become: An Interview with Art Farmer, Boundary, Summer 1995, p. 37-51
  • Saroyan, Wayne. Coda: Art Farmer Keeps Good Company, Jazziz, October 1995, p. 110
  • NEA Jazz Masters: Art Farmer, Jazz Educators Journal, January 1999, p. 20
  • Berdan, Kathy. Jazz Greats, Great Jazz, Des Moines Sunday Register, February 7, 1999, p. 1Q, 3Q
  • Voce, Steve. Art Farmer, Jersey Jazz, December 1999, p. 19-20
  • Silsbee, Kirk. Prelude: Art Farmer, Soft-Spoken Charmer, Jazziz, December 1999, p. 14
  • Vacher, Peter. Art Farmer: The Final Interview?, Coda, November/December 2000, p. 24-27
  • Sabina, Leslie M. Beyond Bop: Substance in the Fusion Offerings of Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard and Art Farmer, Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook, January 2001, p. 171-176
  • Troon, Anthony. Mouthpieces: Art Farmer, Jazz Review, May 2002, p. 18
  • Johnson, Tim. Giants of Jazz: Bluff Brothers Bopped with Best, The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa), June 2, 2002, Focus p. 1
  • Roberts, Kim. The Brass & the Bass, Sunday World Herald (Council Bluffs, Iowa), August 11, 2002, Arts & Travel p. 1
  • Pace, William Walker. Jazz Saxophone and Trumpet Improvisations Transcribed and Annotated for Double Bass, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 2003, p. 61-70, 100
  • Fisher, Larry. A Conversation with Art Farmer: An Oral History Interview, February 28, 1997, Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook, 2004, p. 9-19
  • Johnson, Tim. The Art of Being Farmer, The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa), June 25, 2004, p. 4E

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