Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State
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Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State presents sixteen published and previously unpublished essays on Texans and jazz.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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Other cities like Houston and Denton have honored any number of native musicians, with Houston even laying claim to having held the first jazz festival on ...
... been described—in the work of Texas saxophonists like Arnett Cobb (1918–1989) and Illinois Jacquet (1922–2004) of Houston and David “Fathead” Newman (b.
Female blues singers in Dallas and Houston were also active in the 1920s, including Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey. Even before these better-known vocal ...
3 In Houston in 1925, Fatty Martin's Orchestra also recorded a “shimmy” foxtrot entitled “End O'Main,” on which composer Earl Church 4 takes two fine muted ...
... were playing jazz at least by 1920, and probably much earlier.7 In 1922 “almost certainly the first jazz festival on the books” was held in Houston, ...
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11 A TEXAS TAKE ON KEN BURNSS JAZZ
12 SWINGING THROUGH TEXAS ON A SCOTTISH AIR
13 THE BIRTH OF WESTERN SWING
Untangling the Legacy of Jelly Roll Morton and Alan Lomax
15 DISCOGRAPHIES AND TEXAN JAZZ
16 SAN MARCOS IN JAZZ HISTORY
9 ORNETTE COLEMANS HARMOLODIC LIFE
10 A JAZZ MASTERS DIAMOND JUBILEE