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Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State presents sixteen published and previously unpublished essays on Texans and jazz.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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In Jefferson in 1930, the family of Steady Nelson (1913–1988) owned no radio, and yet by 1940 this trumpeter was a featured soloist in the Woody Herman ...
... but before that, between 1934 and 1939, he was the star soloist with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and afterward led his own big band.
In a series of historic recordings by the Davis Quintet, Garland not only backed up two of the most daring horn soloists of the 1950s but contributed as ...
... did not normally include a rhythm section devoted to supporting and stimulating a band's sections and soloists, and did not create a sound and rhythmic ...
... featured soloists during the mid- to late 1930s. Charlie Teagarden is said to have never taken a bad solo, and in the 1950s he was playing as well if ...
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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