Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues

Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues

by Joe Evans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252033035

ISBN-13: 9780252033032

Pub. Date: 03/07/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Detailing the fascinating career of Joe Evans, Follow Your Heart chronicles the nearly thirty years that he spent immersed in one of the most exciting times in African American music history. An alto saxophonist who between 1939 and 1965 performed with some of America's greatest musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Jay McShann,

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Detailing the fascinating career of Joe Evans, Follow Your Heart chronicles the nearly thirty years that he spent immersed in one of the most exciting times in African American music history. An alto saxophonist who between 1939 and 1965 performed with some of America's greatest musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Jay McShann, Andy Kirk, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Lionel Hampton, and Ivory Joe Hunter, Evans warmly recounts his wide range of experience in the music industry. Readers follow Evans from Pensacola, Florida, where he first learned to play, to such exotic destinations as Tel Aviv and Paris, which he visited while on tour with Lionel Hampton. Evans also comments on popular New York City venues used for shaping and producing black music, such as the Apollo Theater, the Savoy, Minton's Playhouse, and the Rhythm Club.

Revealing Evans as a master storyteller, Follow Your Heart describes his stints as a music executive, entrepreneur, and musician. Evans provides rich descriptions of jazz, swing, and rhythm and blues culture by highlighting his experiences promoting tracks to radio deejays under Ray Charles's Tangerine label and later writing, arranging, and producing hits for the Manhattans and the Pretenders. Leading numerous musical ventures that included a publishing company and several labels—Cee Jay Records (with Jack Rags), Revival, and Carnival Records—Evans remained active in the music industry even after he stopped performing regularly. As one of the few who enjoyed success as both performer and entrepreneur, he offers invaluable insight into race relations within the industry, the development of African American music and society from the 1920s to 1970s, and the music scene of the era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252033032
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/07/2008
Series:
African Amer Music in Global Perspective Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Tavis Smiley     vii
Foreword   Bill McFarlin     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Part 1
Pensacola Blues     3
Music Crazy     12
Boy Meets Band     20
"Ma" Rainey's Deep South     32
Part 2
New York, New York     43
Hootie and the Bird     56
The Big, Big Bands     66
Call Me "Italy"     80
The End of an Era     89
Part 3
The Rhythm and Blues Scene     103
The Rise of Carnival Records     114
After the Manhattans     135
Epilogue: Long Good-byes     147
Discography     153
Index     156

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