Dixonia: A Bio-discography of Bill Dixon

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Ben Young
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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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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Contents

Beginnings 19251960
1
DixonShepp 19611963
29
The Guild 19641965
67
DixonDunn 19661968
89
BenningtonMadison 19691972
133
Black Music Ensemble 19731974
181
This is Our Strategy 19751979
207
TrioQuartet 19801982
243
Round Up the Usual Suspects 19891997
291
Bill Dixons Music Played by Others
321
Producer
333
Educator
375
Ensemble Members by Academic Term
383
Known Class Recordings
389
Bibliography
391
Index
397

Thoughts 19831988
265

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About the author (1998)

BEN YOUNG is a research coordinator in the catalog development department of Verve Records. He is also a music activist and radio host at WKCR-fm in New York City.

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