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Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues (American Made Music)

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The book Jazzmen (1939) claimed New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz and introduced the legend of Buddy Bolden as the "First Man of Jazz." Much of the information that the book relied on came from a highly controversial source: Bunk Johnson. He claimed to have played with Bolden and that together they had pioneered jazz.

Johnson made many recordings talking about and playing the music of the Bolden era. These recordings have been treated with skepticism because of doubts about Johnson's credibility. Using oral histories, the Jazzmen interview notes, and unpublished archive material, this book confirms that Bunk Johnson did play with Bolden. This confirmation, in turn, has profound implications for Johnson's recorded legacy in describing the music of the early years of New Orleans jazz.

New Orleans jazz was different from ragtime in a number of ways. It was a music that was collectively improvised, and it carried a new tonality--the tonality of the blues. How early jazz musicians improvised together and how the blues became a part of jazz has until now been a mystery. Part of the reason New Orleans jazz developed as it did is that all the prominent jazz pioneers, including Buddy Bolden, Bunk Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, and Kid Ory, sang in barbershop (or barroom) quartets. This book describes in both historical and musical terms how the practices of quartet singing were converted to the instruments of a jazz band, and how this, in turn, produced collectively improvised, blues-inflected jazz, that unique sound of New Orleans.

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A full study of Buddy Bolden and Bunk Johnson confirming their roles in the real blues roots of New Orleans jazz

About the Author

Vic Hobson was awarded a Kluge Scholarship to the Library of Congress in 2007 and a Woest Fellowship to the Historic New Orleans Collection in 2009. A trustee for the National Jazz Archive, he is active in promoting jazz scholarship and research, and his own work has appeared in American Music, Jazz Perspectives, and the Jazz Archivist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617039911
Author:
Hobson, Vic
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Subject:
Blues
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
American history
Subject:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Copyright:
Series:
American Made Music Series
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44, 1 bandw photo, 43 musical examples
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » World History » General

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