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by Russell Perry
In the last hour, we explored the jazz of King Oliver's Chicago in the 1920s, and heard from The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, clarinetists Jimmy Noone and Johnny Dodds, pianists Earl Hines and Lovie Austin, cornetist Freddie Keppard and trumpeter Jabbo Smith. Now we move to the other emerging center of the music, New York. While New York hosted small combos similar to Chicago, it also grew a number of significant larger groups and orchestras. We'll hear from ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Oxford American 17th Annual Southern Music Issue: Georgia Eliza Borne, Editor Issue 91, Winter 2015 One of my best friends (and fellow Arkansans) and I often discuss the maddeningly conflicted legacy of those United States making up the Old Confederacy. He likes to point out that in no other region is ignorance and cultural retardation more embraced and valued than our very own Dixie. My friend often laments that anywhere is better than the American South ...read more
by Nic Jones
The Uncrowned King Of Swing: Fletcher Henderson And Big Band Jazz Jeffrey Magee Oxford University Press Paperback; 244 pages. ISBN 978-0-19-534065-5 2008
This book first came out in hardback in 2005, but the intervening years have done nothing to diminish its status as the volume to turn to for anyone with an interest in bandleader/pianist Fletcher Henderson, regarded by some as a rather marginal figure in jazz history.
If ...read more