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Raise Up Off Me

A Portrait of Hampton Hawes

Hampton Hawes, Don Asher, Gary Giddins (Introduction by)


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Hampton Hawes [1928–1977] was one of jazz's greatest pianists. Among his peers from California the self-taught Hawes was second only to Oscar Peterson. At the time of his celebration as New Star of the Year by downbeat magazine (1956), Hawes was already struggling with a heroin addiction that would lead to his arrest and imprisonment, and the interruption of a brilliant career. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy granted Hawes an Executive Pardon. In eloquent and humorous language Hampton Hawes tells of a life of suffering and redemption that reads like an improbable novel. Gary Giddins has called it "a major contribution to the literature of jazz." This book includes a complete discography and eight pages of photographs.

Da Capo Press, 9781560253532, 216pp.

Publication Date: November 6, 2001

About the Author

Don Asher is a pianist and the author of six novels and a memoir, Notes From a Battered Grand.
Gary Giddins is the author of Visions of Jazz and Bing Crosby: Pocket Full of Dreams.