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Jazz mavericks of the Lone Star State

Author: Dave Oliphant
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Oliphant, Dave.
Jazz mavericks of the Lone Star State.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007
(OCoLC)654684593
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dave Oliphant
ISBN: 9780292714953 0292714955 9780292714960 0292714963
OCLC Number: 73993566
Description: xi, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Tuning up with a few introductory notes --
Jazz mavericks of the Lone Star State --
The roots of Texan jazz --
From bebop to hard bop and beyond : the Texas jazz connections --
Texas bebop messengers to the world : Kenny Dorham and Leo Wright --
British acolytes of jazz and its Texas contingent --
The Wisconsin-Texas jazz nexus --
Jazz in literature --
The alchemy of jazz --
Ornette Coleman's harmolodic life --
A jazz master's diamond jubilee --
A Texas take on Ken Burns's Jazz --
Swinging through Texas on a Scottish air --
The birth of western swing --
The inventor of jazz revisited : untangling the legacy of Jelly Roll Morton and Alan Lomax --
Discographies and Texan jazz --
San Marcos in jazz history.
Responsibility: Dave Oliphant.
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"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."--Publisher's description.

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