The Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing

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University of Texas Press, 1998 - Music - 269 pages
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In this book, Jean A. Boyd explores the origins and development of western swing as a vibrant current in the mainstream of jazz. She focuses in particular on the performers who made the music, drawing on personal interviews with some fifty living western swing musicians. From pioneers such as Cliff Bruner and Eldon Shamblin to current performers such as Johnny Gimble, the musicians make important connections between the big band swing jazz they heard on the radio and the western swing they created and played across the Southwest from Texas to California.
 

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Contents

Western Swing and the Texas Mystique
1
Western Swing Description and Development
6
Western Swing Fiddlers
33
Western Swing Guitarists
79
The Steel Guitar in Western Swing
113
The Western Swing Rhythm Section Banjo and Bass
143
The Western Swing Rhythm Section Piano and Drums
185
The Rest of the Western Swing Band Horn Players and Vocalists
226
Conclusion
244
Notes
247
Works Cited
253
Index
257
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Jean A. Boyd is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Baylor University School of Music in Waco, Texas.

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