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In the Mainstream (Studies in Jazz Series): 18 Portraits in Jazz
     

In the Mainstream (Studies in Jazz Series): 18 Portraits in Jazz

by Chip Deffaa
 
In the 18 profiles that make up this book, the reader will hear the stories—mostly in their own words—of a lively array of contributors to mainstream jazz and popular music. New York Post jazz critic Chip Deffaa has interviewed musicians both famous and not so famous—big band leaders like drum whiz Ray McKinley, Andy Kirk, and "Twentieth Century Gabriel

Overview

In the 18 profiles that make up this book, the reader will hear the stories—mostly in their own words—of a lively array of contributors to mainstream jazz and popular music. New York Post jazz critic Chip Deffaa has interviewed musicians both famous and not so famous—big band leaders like drum whiz Ray McKinley, Andy Kirk, and "Twentieth Century Gabriel" Erskine Hawkins; celebrated sidemen like clarinetist Johnny Mince and bassist Bob Haggart; 1920's trumpeter Doc Cheatham and arranger Bill Challis; 30's trumpeter Bill Dillard; 40's saxist George Kelly; and drummer Sonny Igoe, pianist Dick Hyman, and drummer Jack Hanna of more recent years; plus Buddy Morrow, Oliver Jackson, Mahlon Clark, Joe Wilder, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, and Ken Peplowski.

Editorial Reviews

Notes: Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association
...readable, informative, and entertaining.
Stuart Troup
Chip Deffaa has infused the jazz chronicles with much-needed profiles that document not only the rich past but also those who continue to give it freshness.
The IAJRC Journal
...a most entertaining book...
Notes: Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association
...readable, informative, and entertaining.
Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
...readable, informative, and entertaining.
JazzTimes Magazine
...well-crafted, revealing profiles...
Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
...readable, informative, and entertaining.
JazzTimes
...well-crafted, revealing profiles...
Cadence Magazine
These profiles are definitive...highly recommended.
IARJC
...a most entertaining book...
Los Angeles Times
Deffaa, a young writer, has a surprising ear for jazz's distant past...valuably informative...
Jazztimes
...well-crafted, revealing profiles...
Storyville
Defaa is contributing a valuable body of material for researchers present and future. Long may he continue... highly recommended...
The Mississippi Rag
...abounds with wonderful tales and anecdotes...careful research...a worthy addition to Deffaa's growing collection of jazz oral histories and deserves to be widely read.
Cadence
These profiles are definitive...highly recommended.
Iajrc Journal
...a most entertaining book...
Notes
...readable, informative, and entertaining.

Sonneck Society Bulletin
...an excellent job of not letting this work become just another series of musical anecdotes and stories...allows the chronology to flow...the narratives...are the heart and soul of this book and hold some musical treasures for the reader...
Library Journal
Deffaa continues to chronicle the swing era through interviews with veteran jazz musicians. His previous titles are Swing Legacy (Scarecrow, 1989) and Voices of the Jazz Age ( LJ 4/15/90). Deffaa's 18 subjects include band leaders Ray McKinley and Andy Kirk, trumpeters Doc Cheatham and Erskine Hawkins, drummers Jake Hanna and Oliver Jackson, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and pianist Dick Hyman. Each recalls early musical experiences and career successes and regrets. They provide musical and historical context for pop songs and show business. Cheatham, for instance, describes befriending Louis Armstrong in Chicago. This volume offers valuable jazz history, yet it would have been nice had Deffaa profiled some of the many women in jazz, too.-- Paul Baker, CUNA Inc., Madison, Wis.
Booknews
New York Post jazz critic Deffaa has interviewed famous and not- so-famous jazz musicians, many of whom have not been profiled before. Eighteen profiles--mostly in the words of the musicians themselves--are collected here, in what the editor's preface identifies as the third such collection by this author to be published in book form, and the second in the series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810825581
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1992
Series:
Studies in Jazz Series , #11
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Stuart Troup
Chip Deffaa has infused the jazz chronicles with much-needed profiles that document not only the rich past but also those who continue to give it freshness.

Meet the Author

Chip Deffaa, a jazz critic for the New York Post and England's Crescendo International, has written for many jazz and popular publications and contributed to the landmark New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. He is the author of two previous jazz oral history books, Swing Legacy (Scarecrow Press and the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, 1990) and Voices of the Jazz Age (University of Illinois Press, 1990). He is at work on A Jazz Portrait Gallery.

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