The Baby Dodds Story

The Baby Dodds Story

by Larry Gara, Baby Dodds
     
 

Born in New Orleans in 1894, Warren ("Baby") Dodds became one of the greatest drummers of that city's early jazz tradition. This lively autobiography, first published more than thirty years ago and long unavailable, is the result of a series of interviews Dodds taped with Larry Gara a few years before his death in 1959. With disarming candor Dodds recalls his… See more details below

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Born in New Orleans in 1894, Warren ("Baby") Dodds became one of the greatest drummers of that city's early jazz tradition. This lively autobiography, first published more than thirty years ago and long unavailable, is the result of a series of interviews Dodds taped with Larry Gara a few years before his death in 1959. With disarming candor Dodds recalls his remarkable musical career, which spanned more than four decades and took him from dance halls in New Orleans' famed Storyville district to gigs on Mississippi riverboats to venues in Chicago and New York.

Dodds performed and recorded with some of the most famous musicians of the time--King Oliver, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, among others--and his recollections of these men and the music they created add much to our knowledge of the history of jazz. Dodds also talks about his own style and philosophy of music, revealing himself as a serious and dedicated artist who placed a high value on craftsmanship, versatility, and originality and whose love of the world of jazz never waned.

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Reprint of the Contemporary Press edition of 1959--which itself reprinted parts from Jazz review and Evergreen review. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807117569
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
01/22/1992
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
105
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

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