Jelly Roll, Bix and Hoagy

Jelly Roll, Bix and Hoagy : Gennett Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazz

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Some of the earliest performances by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Bix Beiderbecke were preserved on recordings produced at Gennett Studios, an independent company operating in Richmond, Indiana, from 1917 to 1932. Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" debuted on Gennett as a dance stomp. The Gennetts made music history by recording young jazz pioneers in the Midwest and folk musicians from the Appalachian hills at a time when major record labels in the East couldn't be bothered.Gennett featured such country music stars as Gene Autry, Chubby Parker, and Bradley Kincaid and early blues artists Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Roosevelt Sykes; and during a period of rigid segregation, Gennett freely recorded black musicians. Jelly Roll, Hoagy, and Bix is the first detailed account of the people and events behind this unique company. Personalized by anecdotes from musicians, employees, and family members, it traces the colorful history of this innovative business until its demise during the Great Depression.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.9 x 228.1 x 21.1mm | 492.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 21 b&w photographs
  • 0253213150
  • 9780253213150
  • 1,722,348

Table of contents

ContentsForeword by Steve AllenPreface1. A Music Dynasty in Victorian IndianaStarr Piano CompanyCourtroom Showdown: Victor vs. Starr PianoHalcyon Days in Starr Valley2. A New Wind is Blowing through ChicagoThe Origins of Jazz RecordingThe New Orleans Rhythm KingsKing Oliver and His Legendary Creole Jazz BandThe Music of Jelly Roll MortonJust Passing Through: Other Jazz Debuts in Richmond, 1923-25Louis Armstrong and the Red Onion Jazz Babies3. Jazz Hysteria in the Hoosier StateBix and the WolverinesHoagy and Bix: Soulmate in JazzShaping the Beiderbecke LegendFrom Obscurity to Stardust4. Rural Recordings in the Electronic EraFrom Electrobeam to Budget LabelsScouting the Hills of Appalachia for That Old-Time MusicThe WLS ONational Barn DanceO and Its OKentucky Mountain BoyOThe Golden Era of the Old-Time SingingCountry Blues RecordingGennettOs Last Hurrah in Jazz5. Yet the Music Lives OnThe Noisemaker: Harry Gennett, Jr., and His Sound Effects RecordsThe Final AccountingAppendix: Gennett on Reissue AnthologiesNotesSelected BibliographyTopical IndexIndex of Musicshow more

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