Lost Chords

Lost Chords : White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz

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Many jazz fans and critics - and even some jazz musicians - contend that white players have contributed little of substance to the music. This text challenges this narrow view, with a book that pays definitive tribute to a generation of white jazz players, many unjustly forgotten - while never scanting the role of the great black pioneers. Beginning in New Orleans, Sudhalter takes the reader on a multicultural odyssey through the hot jazz gestation centres of Chicago and New York, Indiana and Texas, examining such bands as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, the Original Memphis Five, and the Casa Loma Orchestra. Readers will find accounts of many key soloists, including Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Red Norvo, Bud Freeman, the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berigan, Pee Wee Russell, and Artie Shaw, among others.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 158 x 236.7 x 54.1mm | 1,188.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16pp halftones, music examples
  • 019514838X
  • 9780195148381
  • 1,181,812

About Richard M. Sudhalter

B>Richard M. Sudhalter is a highly respected musician, considered one of today's outstanding trumpet players. A noted critic, broadcaster, and historian, he was co-author of Bix: Man and Legend, still cited as the definitive Beiderbecke biography. He lives on Long Island's North Fork.show more

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"[Lost Chords]--which includes profiles of a number of celebrated European-American jazzmen--Beidecker, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, to name a few--is at its most intriguing when examining such lesser known figures as the sweetly tragic New Orleans cornetist Emmett Hardy, the multitalented bandleader Adrian Rollins and the irascible braggart Nick LaRocca.... There's much to be learned from his scholarly narrative."--Publishers Weeklyshow more

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