By M.D. Frederick J. Spencer
while a jazz hero dies, rumors, hypothesis, gossip, and legend can clutter the true reason for demise.
during this publication, Frederick J. Spencer conducts an inquest on how jazz greats lived and died pursuing their paintings. Forensics, scientific histories, dying certificate, and biographies reveal the way in which many musical virtuosos particularly died.
an important reference resource, Jazz and Death strives to right incorrect information and set the tale directly. Reviewing the scientific files of such jazz icons as Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Bennie Moten, Tommy Dorsey, Billie vacation, Charlie Parker, Wardell grey, and Ronnie Scott, the booklet spans many years, kinds, and factors of demise.
Divided into sickness different types, it covers such health problems as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), which killed Charlie Mingus, and tuberculosis, which brought on the deaths of Chick Webb, Charlie Christian, Bubber Miley, Jimmy Blanton, and fat Navarro. It notes the importance of dental ailment in affecting a musician's embouchure and livelihood, as occurred with Joe "King" Oliver. A dialogue of paintings Tatum's visible impairment ends up in discoveries within the pathology of what blinded Lennie Tristano.
Heavy ingesting, even in the course of Prohibition, was once the norm within the golf equipment of recent Orleans and Kansas urban and within the ballrooms of Chicago and long island. Too frequently, the musical scene demanded that those that play jazz be "jazzed."
After international struggle II, as heroin dependancy grew to become the hallmark of revolution, proficient bebop artists suffered lengthy absences from the bandstand. Many did detention center time, and others succumbed to the ravages of "horse."
With Jazz and Death, the explanations in the back of the nice jazz funerals could now not be misconstrued. Its medical and morbidly exciting technique creates a useful compendium for jazz enthusiasts and students alike.
Frederick J. Spencer is a professor and affiliate dean emeritus of the varsity of drugs (Medical university of Virginia) at Virginia Commonwealth collage. He has been released within the New England magazine of Medicine, Journal of the yankee scientific Association, American magazine of Public Health, and Modern Medicine, between different guides.
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Sickle-cell anemia is an inherited disease in which the shape of red blood cells resembles a sickle instead of the normal, rounded outline. Destruction of the sickle cells causes blockage of small blood vessels followed by the painful necrosis of adjacent tissues. One site of this change is the ball of the thigh bone that fits into the socket of the hip joint. A similar process may affect other joints. Miles’s throat operation would have been to remove the larynx nodes, followed by the whispered hoarseness of later years.
He sometimes played with a derby hat tilted over his blind eye to hide it. Succeeding Freddie Keppard as the “King” of the cornet, Oliver joined the exodus to Chicago in 1919. During the ensuing years, his crown became more and more tarnished and his protégé, Louis Armstrong, succeeded to the throne. Ironically, it was Oliver who had brought Louis to Chicago in 1922 to fill the second cornet chair in Joe Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. By 1937, Oliver had dropped out of music and was tending a fruit stall in Savannah, Georgia.
Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats by M.D. Frederick J. Spencer