Dixonia: A Bio-Discography of Bill Dixon

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Overview

In this thorough research guide to the career and music of Bill Dixon the author has documented how Dixon refined a sonically unique pan-tonal language of trumpet playing. As a trumpeter, composer, educator, and theoretician, Bill Dixon has politically and musically influenced many phases of the development of Black music in the second half of the 20th century. This authoritative guide details information about the life and music of Bill Dixon. Bill Dixon comments throughout the text on the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of his career as it unfolds between performances and recordings. The recollections of those who have collaborated with Bill Dixon over the years supplement the thorough research here presented on the life and career of Bill Dixon and, additionally, the New York avant garde artistic sphere in which he worked.

Bill Dixon has refined a sonically unique pan-tonal language of trumpet playing. As a trumpeter, composer, educator, and theoretician, Bill Dixon has politically and musically influenced many phases of the development of Black music in the second half of the 20th century. This authoritative guide details information about the life and music of Bill Dixon. Bill Dixon comments throughout the text on the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of his career as it unfolds between performances and recordings. The recollections of those who have collaborated with Bill Dixon over the years supplement the thorough research here presented on the life and career of Bill Dixon and subsequently, on the New York avant garde artistic sphere in which he worked.

Music and music history scholars, especially those interested in jazz and Black music, will be attracted to the wealth of information provided, often from primary sources, on Bill Dixon and Black music through the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The discography included encompasses issued and non-issued recordings as well as listings for every known Bill Dixon performance. Collaborations with dancers, directors, filmmakers and painters, among others, are also documented.

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John Szwed
Dixonia: A Bio-Discography of Bill Dixon is an account of a musician's activities and ideas about music. The title is a remarkable achievement. This is surely the best personal account we have for the new music that developed in the late 1950s and continues today. This is a real achievement, and it raises the question of whether any musician will ever again receive such careful attention. The model is now there, and it is from exactly this type of material that a real history of jazz can someday be written.
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Meet the Author

BEN YOUNG is a research coordinator in the catalog development department of Verve Records.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Beginnings 1925-60

Dixon-Shepp 1961-63

The Guild 1964-65

Dixon-Dunn 1966-68

Bennington/Madison 1969-72

Black Music Ensemble 1973-74

This Is Our Strategy 1975-79

Trio/Quartet 1980-82

Thoughts 1983-88

Round Up the Usual Suspects 1989-97

Bill Dixon's Music Played by Others

Producer

Educator

Appendix One: Ensemble Members by Academic Term

Appendix Two: Known Class Recordings

Bibliographic Essay

Index

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