Walk Tall

Walk Tall

The Music and Life of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
by Cary Ginell
Foreword by Quincy Jones

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“Hipness is not a state of mind, it is a fact of life.” – Cannonball Adderley

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Cannonball Adderley introduces his 1967 recording of “Walk Tall” by saying, “There are times when things don’t lay the way they’re supposed to lay.  But regardless, you’re supposed to hold your head up high and walk tall.”

This sums up the life of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, and, in Walk Tall: The Music and Life of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (March 2013, Hal Leonard Books, $18.99), Cary Ginell looks at the man behind that mantra, a unique performer whose gargantuan technique on the alto saxophone, pride in heritage, devotion to educating youngsters, and insatiable musical curiosity bridged gaps between jazz and popular music in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Walk Tall is the first book in a new groundbreaking series of concise and accessible jazz biographies published by Hal Leonard Books.  Future books in the series will look at the lives of Billy Eckstine, Herbie Mann, and others.

Adderley’s career began in 1955 with a Cinderella-like cameo in a New York nightclub that led the jazz world to look to him as “the New Bird,” the successor to the late Charlie Parker. But, as Ginell explains, Adderley refused to be typecast.  His work with Miles Davis on the landmark Kind of Blue album helped further his reputation as a unique stylist, but Adderley’s greatest fame came with his own quintet’s breakthrough engagement at San Francisco’s Jazz Workshop in 1959, which launched the popularization of soul jazz in the 1960s.

Cannonball Adderley was a lot more than just another bop saxophonist. The Cinderella story of his entry into jazz was the beginning of a tragically short, but eventful, 20-year career that expanded and changed the jazz landscape.  Featuring a foreword by Quincy Jones, Walk Tall is the first full-length study of the life and career of one of jazz’s great innovators and educators.

Cary Ginell 11-15-12Cary Ginell is an award-winning author, annotator, discographer, and music historian whose expertise encompasses a wide variety of musical genres.  He has been honored five times by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, is a recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and was nominated for a Grammy.  He lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

March 19, 2013                $18.99              Paperback Original
192 pages            6″ x 9″             8-page B&W and color photo insert

Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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