Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State
University of Texas Press, 2007 - 242 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Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State presents sixteen published and previously unpublished essays on Texans and jazz.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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The musicians who had first played western swing in the 1930s and were still
alive at the time of McLean ' s writing are ... Several of the musicians who worked
with Wills disabuse McLean of any notion he might have had that Bob could play
Eddie ' s other brothers were Earl , who played clarinet and saxophone , and
Roosevelt , the youngest , who played piano and , as Eddie reported , sang and
played like stride pianist Fats Waller . Clyde , a cousin , who also lived with the ...
According to Jim Fisher , former curator of the O ' Henry Museum in Austin , there
was a band playing jazz in Taylor ... bandleader William Besserer , whose group
had played in 1918 and 1919 for the University ' s German Club dances .
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THE ROOTS OF TEXAN JAZZ
BRITISH ACOLYTES OF JAZZ AND ITS TEXAS CONTINGENT
THE WISCONSINTEXAS JAZZ NEXUS
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