By Dave Oliphant
Jazz is considered one of America's maximum presents to the humanities, and local Texas musicians have performed an incredible function within the improvement of jazz from its start in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie to its such a lot modern manifestation in loose jazz. Dave Oliphant all started the attention-grabbing tale of Texans and jazz in his acclaimed e-book Texan Jazz, released in 1996. carrying on with his riff in this fascinating musical subject, Oliphant uncovers during this new quantity extra of the prolific connections among Texas musicians and jazz.
Jazz Mavericks of the Lone megastar State offers 16 released and formerly unpublished essays on Texans and jazz. Oliphant celebrates the contributions of such important figures as Eddie Durham, Kenny Dorham, Leo Wright, and Ornette Coleman. He additionally takes a fuller examine Western Swing via Milton Brown and his Musical truffles and a overview of Duncan McLean's Lone megastar Swing. additionally, he lines the connection among British jazz feedback and Texas jazz and defends the popularity of Texas folklorist Alan Lomax because the first biographer of mythical jazz pianist-composer Jelly Roll Morton. In different essays, Oliphant examines the hyperlinks among jazz and literature, together with fiction and poetry by means of Texas writers, and divulges the possible not going connection among Texas and Wisconsin in jazz annals. the entire essays during this e-book underscore the $64000 elements performed via Texas musicians in jazz background and the importance of Texas to jazz, as additionally established by means of Oliphant's reports of the Ken Burns PBS sequence on jazz and Alfred Appel Jr.'s Jazz Modernism.
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