Synopses & Reviews
One of the first important bassists of jazz, George Murphy Pops Foster was playing in bands around New Orleans as early as 1906. His career spanned over 60 years, working with greats such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane.
This autobiography, first published in 1971 and now lovingly reissued, is a valuable, entertaining, and sometimes risqué firsthand account of early New Orleans jazz by one of the pioneers of the string bass. In transcribed interviews, Foster describes the milieu in which early jazz developed. With great attention to detail and an outspoken narrative style he puts the record straight, correcting many jazz critics and historians in the process. Colorful anecdotes bring to life legends of early jazz such as Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, and King Oliver. A generous collection of rare photographs complement this dramatic and fascinating story.
The first famous double-bass stylist in jazz, George Murphy Pops Foster enjoyed a career that spanned gigs with greats from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. This autobiography, first published in 1971 and now reissued with a generous collection of rare photographs, was created from 70 hours of interviews with this beloved and influential musician. Foster recounts his seven-decade career with uncanny attention to detail and charming candor, providing an uncensored look at the society in which jazz developed and breathing life into legends such as Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, and Sidney Bechet. As he takes us on his journey from plantation to riverboat, New Orleans to New York City, Foster paints an indelible panorama of the jazzman's life while setting the record straight on many crucial points of jazz history.