Goin' to Kansas City (Music in American Life)

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Count Basie, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Jesse Stone, Mary Lou Williams and other musicians, whose reminiscences are gathered here by ethnomusicologist Pearson, explain why Kansas City was such an important center of jazz in the 1920s and 1930s. They recall the Blue Devils, the orchestras of Bennie Moten, Basie and Jay McShann, the development of a distinctive Kansas City style from ragtime and New Orleans jazz, the ambience during the days when Tom Pendergast's corrupt political machine ran the town and the rise of innovators Buster Smith, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Also included are enjoyable sections on such lesser-known groups as George E. Lee's Singing Novelty Orchestra and Thamon Hayes's Kansas City Rockets.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Based on a series of 41 interviews conducted between 1977 and 1980, this work "uses the development of jazz in Kansas City as the focal point for a social history." It traces the sources of Kansas City jazz, examines the corrupt political and social climate of the city, and follows the big bands of Benny Moten, Count Basie, Jay McShann, and others who made the city famous. The balance between thematically arranged excerpts from the interviews and the text, which provides biographical notes and interpretive continuity, gives this work value both as an anecdotal resource and as a historical account. William Brockman, Drew Univ. Lib., Madison, N.J.
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