By Frank Driggs
There have been yet 4 significant galaxies within the early jazz universe, and 3 of them--New Orleans, Chicago, and New York--have been good documented in print. yet there hasn't ever been a major background of the fourth, Kansas urban, beforehand. during this colourful heritage, Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix diversity from ragtime to bebop and from Bennie Moten to Charlie Parker to trap the golden age of Kansas urban jazz. Readers will discover a colourful portrait of outdated Kaycee itself, again then a neon insurrection of bars, playing dens and taxi dance halls, all governed over by way of Boss Tom Pendergast, who had reworked a dusty cowtown into the Paris of the Plains. We see how this wide-open, gin-soaked city gave delivery to a track that was once extra easy and extra viscerally interesting than different types of jazz, its singers belting out a rough-and-tumble city sort of blues, its piano avid gamers pounding out a mode later often called "boogie-woogie." We stopover at the good landmarks, just like the Reno membership, the "Biggest Little membership within the World," the place Lester younger and count number Basie made jazz historical past, and Charlie Parker started his musical schooling within the alley out again. and naturally the authors remove darkness from the lives of the good musicians who made Kansas urban swing, with colourful profiles of jazz figures comparable to Mary Lou Williams, great Joe Turner, Jimmy dashing, and Andy Kirk and his "Clouds of Joy." here's the definitive account of the uncooked, hard-driving sort that positioned Kansas urban at the musical map. it's a needs to learn for everybody who loves jazz or American song heritage.
Read or Download Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History PDF
Best popular books
Hungarian-born composer Sigmund Romberg (1887–1951) arrived in the US in 1909 and inside 8 years had completed his first hit musical on Broadway. This early luck was once quickly via others, and within the Nineteen Twenties his attractiveness in musical theater was once unsurpassed. during this ebook, William Everett bargains the 1st targeted learn of the talented operetta composer, reading Romberg’s key works and musical accomplishments and demonstrating his lasting value within the historical past of yankee musicals.
"Britpop and the English song culture" is the 1st learn committed completely to the Britpop phenomenon and its contexts. The style of Britpop, with its statement of Englishness, advanced even as that devolution was once outstanding deep into the hegemonic claims of English tradition to symbolize Britain.
Within the Devil's Horn, Michael Segell strains the 160-year historical past of the saxophone-a horn that created a legitimate by no means ahead of heard in nature, and that from the instant it debuted has aroused either confident and damaging passions between all who listen it. The saxophone has insinuated itself into nearly each musical idiom that has come alongside on account that its delivery in addition to into tune with traditions hundreds of thousands of years previous.
How does rock track impression tradition? in line with authors B. Lee Cooper and Wayne S. Haney, it really is critical to the definition of society and has had a very good impression on shaping American tradition. In Rock tune in American pop culture, insightful essays and booklet studies discover methods pop culture goods can be utilized to discover American values.
- The Cultural Impact of Kanye West
- Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, "The List", and the Spirit of Southern Music
- Music, Politics, and Violence
- Pioneers of the Blues Revival
- German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust: Kafka's Kitsch (Routledge Jewish Studies Series)
- Encyclopedia of the Blues
Additional info for Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History
Right before his senior year in high school, Sanders moved to Kansas City with his family. While attending Westport High School, he entertained on the sly at night in one of the roughest dives in town, the Blue Goose Café, accompanying female vocalists for tips. After graduating in 1914, Sanders performed vocal and piano recitals at local churches and halls. An accomplished vocalist, his range spanned two and a half octaves. Sanders toured on the Red Path, Affiliated, and Colt-Alber Circuits as a member of a vocal quartet, the United States Four, before being drafted in October 1918.
McMurray left home in 1917, crisscrossing the Midwest with a concert band and male quartet on the Redpath-Horner Chautauqua circuit, based in Kansas City. Inspired by the popular lyceum societies in New England, Chautauquas were traveling troupes of entertainers, musicians, and elocutionists who delivered uplifting messages and brought entertainment and culture to small towns. At the end of the season McMurray settled down in Kansas City. He worked briefly with violinist Emil Chaquette’s society orchestra before joining the newly formed Eddie Kuhn Band.
Organized in 1917, the Eddie Kuhn Band brought Loren Dallas McMurray, the first in a long line of great Kansas City saxophone players, to national prominence. Pianist Kuhn, slim and dapper with aquiline features, began his 16 KANSAS CITY JAZZ career as a composer of popular songs and ragtime. J. W. Jenkins Music Company published his “Cornshucks Rag” (1908), “Some Pumpkins” (1908), and “Pickled Beets Rag” (1909). Building on his early publishing successes, Kuhn opened a full-service music shop at the busy intersection of 12th and Main.
Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History by Frank Driggs