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The Velvet Lounge : on late Chicago jazz

Author: Gerald Majer
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Troubled urban neighborhoods and jazz-club havens were the backdrop of Gerald Majer's life growing up in sixties and seventies Chicago. The Velvet Lounge, an original hybrid of memoir, biography, and musical description, reflects this history as it pursues a sustained meditation on jazz along with a probing exploration of race and class and how they defined the material and psychic divides of a city. With the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Majer
ISBN: 023113682X 9780231136822 0231510128 9780231510127
OCLC Number: 57613507
Description: 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Jug eyes --
Stitt's time --
Proxima ra --
Monstrosioso --
Batterie --
The Velvet Lounge --
Le serpent qui danse --
Dreaming of Roscoe Mitchell --
Intuitive research beings.
Responsibility: Gerald Majer.

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Reflects the history of Jazz and explores race and class and how they defined the material and psychic divides of a city. This book conveys the drama and artistry of the music of various artists as  Read more...

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Interesting descriptions of the jazz scene emerge--most notably in the chapter on the Velvet Lounge. Library Journal His descriptions actually make you want to hear again--or listen to for the first Read more...

 
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