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Leonard Geoffrey Feather (13 September 1914–22 September 1994) was a British-born jazz pianist, composer, and producer who was best known for his music journalism and other writing.

Feather was born in London into a strictly conformist upper-middle-class Jewish family. He learned to play the piano and clarinet (though was not formally trained), and had started writing about jazz and film by his late teens. At the age of twenty-one Feather made his first visit to the United States, and after working in the U.K. and the U.S. as a record producer finally settled in New York City in 1939, where he lived until moving to Los Angeles in 1960. Feather was coeditor of the Metronome magazine and served as chief jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times until his death. He died in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of eighty.

Feather's compositions have been widely recorded, including "Evil Gal Blues" and "Blowtop Blues" by Dinah Washington, and what is possibly his biggest hit, "How Blue Can You Get?" by blues artists Louis Jordan and B. B. King, and some of his own recordings as a bandleader are still available. But it was as a writer on jazz (as a journalist, critic, historian, and campaigner) that he made his biggest mark: "Feather was for a long time the most widely read and most influential writer on jazz." Even jazz enthusiasts who didn't read his books and articles would have known him from the liner notes that he wrote for hundreds of jazz albums.

He wrote the lyrics to the jazz song "Whisper Not" which was then recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1966 Verve release of the same name.

He is the father of lyricist/songwriter Lorraine Feather.

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Total Books: 16
The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz
1999 - The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195074185
ISBN-10: 0195074181
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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The Encyclopedia Yearbooks of Jazz
1993 - The Encyclopedia Yearbooks of Jazz (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780306805295
ISBN-10: 0306805294
Genres: Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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Encyclopedia Of Jazz
1988 - Encyclopedia of Jazz (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780517014219
ISBN-10: 0517014211
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Jazz Years Earwitness to an Era
1988 - Jazz Years Earwitness to an Era [Da Capo Paperback] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780306802966
ISBN-10: 0306802961
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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From Satchmo to Miles
1988 - From Satchmo to Miles (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780306803024
ISBN-10: 030680302X
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Jazz Years Earwitness to an Era
1987 - Jazz Years Earwitness to an Era [Da Capo paperback] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780306794681
ISBN-10: 0306794683
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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New Yearbook of Jazz [Roots of Jazz Series] (Hardcover)
Encyclopedic Yearbook of Jazz
Encyclopedic Yearbook of Jazz [Roots of Jazz] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780306762895
ISBN-10: 0306762897
Genre: Reference
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Pleasures of Jazz
Pleasures of Jazz (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780385287869
ISBN-10: 0385287860
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Book of Jazz
Book of Jazz (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440306801
ISBN-10: 0440306809
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From Satchmo to Miles
From Satchmo to Miles (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780704312234
ISBN-10: 0704312239
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From Satchmo to Miles
From Satchmo to Miles (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780704320550
ISBN-10: 070432055X
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JAZZ YEARS EARWITNESS TO AN ERA
Jazz Years Earwitness to an Era (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780704325791
ISBN-10: 0704325799
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Book of Jazz
Book of Jazz (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780818012020
ISBN-10: 0818012021
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