Jazz: The Third Thing

Little Herbie Solomon was, every body said, a square. While the other saxophone players at Brooklyn's Abra ham Lincoln High School were trying to imitate the new bebop style of Charlie ("Bird") Parker. Herbie was still practicing to old Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips records. You're not with it, Herbie, they said, and refused to let him play with the school's dance band.

But Herbie endured, eventually changed his name and instrument, and, as Jazz Flutist Herbie Mann, has be come at 34 one of the most successful jazzmen in the business. This...

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