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Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State presents sixteen published and previously unpublished essays on Texans and jazz.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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By 1929 the brothers were in Kansas City with the band of George Lee , with
which Budd recorded in that year his first tenor solo , on “ Paseo Street ( Strut ) . ”
* 3 In 1933 the Johnson brothers formed part of the Louis Armstrong Orchestra ...
But one of many recordings that reveals Christian ' s very bluesy feeling — as
well as his ability to quote phrases from various sources , to incorporate them into
his improvisation , and to imitate through his electric guitar the sound of the tenor
Dave Oliphant. swing era ; 99 and tenor saxophonist Herschel Evans of Denton ,
who starred in the late 1930s with the Count Basie Orchestra as a bursting - at -
the - seams , big - toned foil to Lester Young ' s lean , lithe , and ethereal mode .
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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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