My Unforgettable Jazz Friends book cover Photos (starting at upper left, moving clockwise: Maxine Sullivan, Claire with Dizzy Gillespie, Claire Gordon, Claire with Benny Carter, Nat "King" Cole, Claire with Rex Stewart, Duke Ellington, Claire with Maxine Sullivan

My Unforgettable Jazz Friends

By Claire P. Gordon, with a foreword by Benny Carter

    In this book you will find out
  • About my being Duke Ellington's secretary
  • When Norman Granz borrowed my booking license
  • About the night I almost killed Dizzy Gillespie
  • The facts behind Nat Cole's recording "Unforgettable"
  • How often I was in the right place at the right time
  • Many other stories you've never heard before about jazz greats of the 30's and 40's

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Soon to be released, new novel by author Claire P. Gordon!

Banished is the story of Luis de Torres, the Jewish translator who sailed with Columbus in 1492 and was the first person to step on land in the Americas. This is a very different view of the famous journey, with fascinating and surprising details. Soon to be completed. The date of release to be announced!

Also available from Author Claire P. Gordon

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The Color Of Music is the story of identical boy twins separated shortly after birth, their father a famous African-American jazz musician and their mother, a blond European jazz fan. The mother of the biracial twins is unable to raise her babies and they become separated at an early age. One is raised as black and the other as white.


About Claire P. Gordon

Claire Gordon Nothing in her middle-class Los Angeles childhood suggested that Claire Gordon would form an abiding interest in jazz. But by the age of 14, the signs were there. She discovered the music of Duke Ellington and other jazz artists while in her teens.

The first major artist to enter her life was singer Maxine Sullivan, who became a life-long friend. Others followed - Nat "King" Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, pianists Art Tatum and Mary Lou Williams, disc jockeys, song writers, more artists, and other jazz buffs.

She was Duke Ellington's band secretary, married songwriter Irving Gordon ("Unforgettable"), and was a friend of Norman Granz - the list goes on. She has written about the people she knew with a light touch and a smile. Through her eyes, a picture is drawn of this jazz era - the way it was in the 1930's and 1940's (and onward) in the United States.