A wonderful reminder for those who lived through the Swing Era, Ken Vail's presentation of Bob Inman's radio logs also serves as a valuable and lively reference source for researchers and students of social history and jazz music. Inman's radio logs contain first-hand accounts of live Manhattan Swing shows he witnessed, and is well-illustrated with over 500 photographs of prominent musicians from the height of the Swing Era.
Ken Vail retired from the graphic design business in 1996 to indulge his life-long interest in jazz. He self-published the critically acclaimed Jazz Milestones, and created several Jazz Diaries and Jazz Itineraries on greats such as Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald (published by Scarecrow Press). This scrapbook, based on the teenage diaries of his friend, Bob Inman, is Vail's tenth book.