Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State

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University of Texas Press, 2009 M12 3 - 256 páginas

Jazz is one of America's greatest gifts to the arts, and native Texas musicians have played a major role in the development of jazz from its birth in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie to its most contemporary manifestation in free jazz. Dave Oliphant began the fascinating story of Texans and jazz in his acclaimed book Texan Jazz, published in 1996. Continuing his riff on this intriguing musical theme, Oliphant uncovers in this new volume more of the prolific connections between Texas musicians and jazz.

Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State presents sixteen published and previously unpublished essays on Texans and jazz. Oliphant celebrates the contributions of such vital figures as Eddie Durham, Kenny Dorham, Leo Wright, and Ornette Coleman. He also takes a fuller look at Western Swing through Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies and a review of Duncan McLean's Lone Star Swing. In addition, he traces the relationship between British jazz criticism and Texas jazz and defends the reputation of Texas folklorist Alan Lomax as the first biographer of legendary jazz pianist-composer Jelly Roll Morton. In other essays, Oliphant examines the links between jazz and literature, including fiction and poetry by Texas writers, and reveals the seemingly unlikely connection between Texas and Wisconsin in jazz annals. All the essays in this book underscore the important parts played by Texas musicians in jazz history and the significance of Texas to jazz, as also demonstrated by Oliphant's reviews of the Ken Burns PBS series on jazz and Alfred Appel Jr.'s Jazz Modernism.

 

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Contenido

1 JAZZ MAVERICKS OF THE LONE STAR STATE
1
2 THE ROOTS OF TEXAN JAZZ
9
The Texas Jazz Connections
33
Kenny Dorham and Leo Wright
45
5 BRITISH ACOLYTES OF JAZZ AND ITS TEXAS CONTINGENT
61
6 THE WISCONSINTEXAS JAZZ NEXUS
81
7 JAZZ IN LITERATURE
99
8 THE ALCHEMY OF JAZZ
113
11 A TEXAS TAKE ON KEN BURNSS JAZZ
135
12 SWINGING THROUGH TEXAS ON A SCOTTISH AIR
143
13 THE BIRTH OF WESTERN SWING
149
Untangling the Legacy of Jelly Roll Morton and Alan Lomax
159
15 DISCOGRAPHIES AND TEXAN JAZZ
171
16 SAN MARCOS IN JAZZ HISTORY
181
NOTES
187
BIBLIOGRAPHY
223

9 ORNETTE COLEMANS HARMOLODIC LIFE
121
10 A JAZZ MASTERS DIAMOND JUBILEE
129

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DAVE OLIPHANT has been an enthusiastic student of jazz for fifty years. He has published two previous books, Texan Jazz and The Early Swing Era, 1930 to 1941, and numerous articles on jazz. Oliphant lives in Austin, where he has taught a course on jazz and literature at the University of Texas at Austin.

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