“In the book, I write about the history of jazz between 1942 and 1972—but with a twist. Instead of approaching jazz history solely from the music’s perspective, I have identified 10 non-jazz events that played the biggest roles in changing jazz’s direction.
I also explain why jazz styles emerged and flourished when they did as a result of these events.”
Blog owner’s note: Feel free to click on the links for learning more about the book.
I’m very curious, particularly about the “10 non-jazz events” which have changed “jazz’s direction”. — It’s great to see master trumpeter & jazz innovator Dizzy Gillespie with his oddly bent trumpet on the cover.
Would this be one of the non-jazz events in the book, how that bell’s buckling came to be?
Man, if I could write a book! — Mr. Myers did it. — We musicians know about jazz’s standing in our society: It’s a daily fight for recognition, for audiences, and last but not least for getting paid well enough for making a decent living.
It’s good to know that we have professional writers like Marc Myers, Nat Hentoff, or Doug Ramsey, to name just a few, who are seconding our daily struggle with their intelligent, and passionate words about our music.
These brave folks deserve our love, respect, and applause.
As a little thank you, I’m posting the famous song by Rogers & Hart in two excellent versions for your listening pleasure –
#1: Dinah Washington with…
Clark Terry (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Paul Quinichette (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Barry Galbraith (g), Wynton Kelly (p), Keeter Bets (b), Jimmy Cobb (d) – Capitol Studios, NY-March 15, 1955
#2: Miles Davis Quintet with…
Miles Davis (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) – Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 26, 1956
The inevitable ad ;)