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Louis Jordan (1908-75) is the acknowledged father of rhythm and blues, the jazz saxophonist and vocalist whose inventiveness acted as a bridge between jazz and rhythm and blues, paving the way for Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, James Brown, and countless others.

By combining the music of his rural African-American heritage with the sophisticated sounds of nightclub bands, Jordan produced a unique style. His inspired vocals, blending the humor and pathos of his upbringing, soon won him a huge following. Jordan and his Tympany Five made a string of bestselling records that included "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby," "Caldonia," and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie." Posthumously, Jordan's name has reached a new audience via the Broadway show Five Guys Named Moe.

"Singer-saxophonist Louis Jordan was the pivotal figure in the development of what would become known as rhythm and blues, and an important influence on such future stars as B. B. King, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, James Brown, and Bill Haley....This biography, complete with a thoughtful analysis of all the musician's numerous recordings, goes a long way toward restoring Jordan's rightful place among the major musical figures of the century." --Express Books

". . . Chilton tells fascinating stories of the swinging 'battles' between big bands and the struggles of touring in the South, still very segregated during Jordan's heyday. Here, as in his biographies of Coleman Hawkins and Sidney Bechet, Chilton demonstrates that he may be the most meticulous of jazz biographers." --Booklist

"John Chilton has, once again, given us an exemplary biography of a jazzman.... [A] fascinating read...." --JazzTimes

John Chilton is the author of several books on jazz, including the Who's Who of Jazz.

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Louis Jordan (1908-75) is the acknowledged father of rhythm and blues, the jazz saxophonist and vocalist whose inventiveness acted as a bridge between jazz and rhythm and blues, paving the way for Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, James Brown, and countless others.

By combining the music of his rural African-American heritage with the sophisticated sounds of nightclub bands, Jordan produced a unique style. His inspired vocals, blending the humor and pathos of his upbringing, soon won him a huge following. Jordan and his Tympany Five made a string of bestselling records that included "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Caldonia", and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie". Posthumously, Jordan's name has reached a new audience via the Broadway show Five Guys Named Moe.

Synopsis:

The first biography of the father of rhythm and blues

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472084784
Author:
Chilton, John
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Location:
Ann Arbor :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rhythm & Blues
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Pop
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Rhythm and blues music
Subject:
Afro-american musicians
Subject:
Afro-American musicians -- Biography.
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
African American musicians
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
The Michigan American Music Series
Publication Date:
19971231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 photographs
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Louis Jordan (1908-75) is the acknowledged father of rhythm and blues, the jazz saxophonist and vocalist whose inventiveness acted as a bridge between jazz and rhythm and blues, paving the way for Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, James Brown, and countless others.

By combining the music of his rural African-American heritage with the sophisticated sounds of nightclub bands, Jordan produced a unique style. His inspired vocals, blending the humor and pathos of his upbringing, soon won him a huge following. Jordan and his Tympany Five made a string of bestselling records that included "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Caldonia", and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie". Posthumously, Jordan's name has reached a new audience via the Broadway show Five Guys Named Moe.

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The first biography of the father of rhythm and blues

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