Texan Jazz

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University of Texas Press, 1996 - Music - 481 pages

Texas musicians and jazz share a history that goes all the way back to the origins of jazz in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie. Texans have left their mark on all of jazz's major movements, including hot jazz, swing, bebop, the birth of the cool, hard bop, and free jazz. Yet these musicians are seldom identified as Texans because their careers often took them to the leading jazz centers in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and Los Angeles.

In Texan Jazz, Dave Oliphant reclaims these musicians for Texas and explores the vibrant musical culture that brought them forth. Working through the major movements of jazz, he describes the lives, careers, and recordings of such musicians as Scott Joplin, Hersal Thomas, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sippie Wallace, Jack Teagarden, Buster Smith, Hot Lips Page, Eddie Durham, Herschel Evans, Charlie Christian, Red Garland, Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Giuffre, Ornette Coleman, John Carter, and many others.

The great strength of Texan Jazz is its record of the contributions to jazz made by African-American Texans. The first major book on this topic ever published, it will be fascinating reading for everyone who loves jazz.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ragtime
9
Country Blues
36
Classic Blues
53
BoogieWoogie
74
The Bennie Moten Band 19211927
85
The Blue Devils 19251934
91
Bennie Moten 19291935
99
By Way of Kaycee
155
Out of Big D
182
With BG
204
Out of Houston
219
Out of Denton
281
The Cowtown Vanguard
306
Africa and Back
342
Notes
361

The Count Basie Orchestra 19351963
105
JonesSmith Inc and the Kansas City Five and Six
117
The Jay McShann Orchestra 19381942
123
A Trombone Trio
135

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About the author (1996)

Dave Oliphant is a former Editor of The Library Chronicle at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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