Lonesome roads and streets of dreams : place, mobility, and race in jazz of the 1930s and '40s (eBook, 2012) [WorldCat.org]
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Lonesome roads and streets of dreams : place, mobility, and race in jazz of the 1930s and '40s

Author: Andrew S Berish
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2012], ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Any listener knows the power of music to define a place, but few can describe the how or why of this phenomenon. In Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and '40s, Andrew Berish attempts to right this wrong, showcasing how American jazz defined a culture particularly preoccupied with place. By analyzing both the performances and cultural context of leading jazz figures,
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Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2011035817
(OCoLC)748812893
Named Person: Jan Garber; Charlie Barnet; Duke Ellington; Charlie Christian; Jan Garber; Charlie Barnet; Duke Ellington; Charlie Christian
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew S Berish
ISBN: 9780226044965 0226044963
OCLC Number: 1314227927
Description: 1 online resource (x, 313 pages ): illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
I dream of her and Avalon : 1930s sweet jazz, race, and nostalgia at the Casino Ballroom --
From the "make-believe ballroom" to the Meadowbrook Inn : Charlie Barnet and the promise of the road --
A locomotive laboratory of place : Duke Ellington and his Orchestra --
Travels with Charlie Christian : between region and nation --
Conclusion: air spaces.
Responsibility: Andrew S. Berish.

Abstract:

Any listener knows the power of music to define a place, but few can describe the how or why of this phenomenon. In Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and '40s, Andrew Berish attempts to right this wrong, showcasing how American jazz defined a culture particularly preoccupied with place. By analyzing both the performances and cultural context of leading jazz figures, including the many famous venues where they played, Berish bridges two dominant scholarly approaches to the genre, offering not only a new reading of swing era jazz but an entirely new framework for musical analysis in general, one that examines how the geographical realities of daily life can be transformed into musical sound.

Focusing on white bandleader Jan Garber, black bandleader Duke Ellington, white saxophonist Charlie Barnet, and black guitarist Charlie Christian, as well as traveling from Catalina Island to Manhattan to Oklahoma City, Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams depicts not only a geography of race but how this geography was disrupted, how these musicians crossed physical and racial boundarie -- from black to white, South to North, and rural to urban -- and how they found expression for these movements in the insistent music they were creating.

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