My Sax Life: A Memoir
by Paquito D'Rivera
foreword by Ilan Stavans
Northwestern University Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8101-2524-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-2218-5
Library of Congress Classification ML419.D75A3 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 788.7165092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Winner of 2005 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition
Winner of 2005 National Medal of Arts

My Sax Life is the award-winning memoir of famed Cuban musician Paquito D'Rivera. A best-selling artist with more than thirty solo albums to his credit, D'Rivera has performed at the White House and the Blue Note, and with orchestras, jazz ensembles, and chamber groups around the world. Propelled by jazz-fueled high spirits, D'Rivera's story soars and spins from memory to memory in a collage of his remarkable life. D'Rivera recalls his early nightclub appearances as a child, performing with clowns and exotic dancers, as well as his search for artistic freedom in communist Cuba and his hungry explorations of world music after his defection. Opinionated but always good-humored, My Sax Life is a fascinating statement on art and the artist's life.


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