Hot Jazz: From Harlem to Storyville

Hot Jazz: From Harlem to Storyville

by David Griffiths
     
 

Interviewed by Griffiths, jazz artists describe their background and musical training. They describe the pleasures and sufferings of jazz life, and share memories of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Duke Ellington. These voices from the past and the present merge into a colorful account of one of America's brightest points in musical history.

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Interviewed by Griffiths, jazz artists describe their background and musical training. They describe the pleasures and sufferings of jazz life, and share memories of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Duke Ellington. These voices from the past and the present merge into a colorful account of one of America's brightest points in musical history. Contains 18 photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Crescendo & Jazz Music
...what a wealth of information is inspired by this collection of meticulous recollection...
Choice
None of these figures will appear in any but the most detailed history of jazz, yet each has a unique story of his or her own journey in the business...an interesting volume...
JazzTimes
Exemplary book...This fine tribute to some of the forgotten men and women of jazz is invaluable as research and uplifting as a documentary.
Cadence Magazine
...even the shortest entries are illuminating...Griffiths takes time to recommend various recordings his subjects appeared on, a valuable inclusion with players this obscure. If you enjoy oral histories, Hot Jazz is a good bet.
South Wales Evening Post
...writer David Griffiths' new book offers a fascinating look at the lives of some fine musicians.
Jazz Educators Journal
The author is superb with his attention to detail and ability to relate a story without interfering. He never intrudes in the subject's story yet presents it in a manner that is a joy to read.
The Mississippi Rag
These accounts provide a kind of reading that fills in the gaps; you get a sense of the warp and woof of the jazz life as lived by the journeyman musicians of the big band era.
CHOICE
None of these figures will appear in any but the most detailed history of jazz, yet each has a unique story of his or her own journey in the business...an interesting volume...
JazzTimes Magazine
Exemplary book...This fine tribute to some of the forgotten men and women of jazz is invaluable as research and uplifting as a documentary.
Booknews
During its lifespan (from 1965 to 1995), Britain's jazz periodical, Storyville, was a prime source of information on the music of the first three decades of the 20th century. Griffiths, a regular contributor, specialized in profiles of lesser known musicians. Collected here are many of his pieces first published in Storyville along with others written since then. Based on interviews and supplementary research, his articles profile some 30 musicians, among them Greely Walton, Bill Dillard, Lester Boone, Barclay Draper, Harvey Davis, Earle Howard, Curtis Jones, and Blanche Finlay. Most are presented in the first person, in the musician's own words. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810834156
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Studies in Jazz Series, #28
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.78(d)

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