Body and soul
Brian Priestley [+]
Author, Journalist and Broadcaster
Brian Priestley is the co-author of The Rough Guide to Jazz, now in its fourth edition, and the biographer of Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. He is a jazz pianist of note, specialising in the Ellingtonian repertoire, and has several CDs to his name. He is also a critic and reviewer for numerous magazines including Jazzwise, and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3.
Family background and early life from birth in Kansas City, August 29, 1920, to his teenage years. By 15 he was married, working professionally and using drugs.