Beginning with a portrait of Buddy Bolden, "the first man of jazz", this book also contains Danny Barker's own recollections of Storyville in its last days, and of life on the road with Cab Calloway, with a memoir of trombonist Charlie Green. It includes material from the Jazzland Research Guild, an organization Barker founded in the 1940s to research the backgrounds of his colleagues. The text has been edited by Alyn Shipton from Barker's copious drafts and notes, together with transcripts of their conversations together. In it, Bolden is recalled by jazz artists Jelly Roll Morton and Bunk Johnson, with whom Danny Barker worked. The book aims to brings to life turn-of-the-century New Orleans in detail.
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Danny Barker (1909-1994) sang and played the guitar and banjo on over 1,000 jazz, swing, blues, and bebop records. he is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Music Master Award.Alyn Shipton presents jazz radio programs for the BBC and is a critic for The Times in London. He is the author of several books on music, as well as a music publisher and editor. He divides his time between Oxford and the French countryside. In 2010, he was voted UK Jazz Broadcaster of the Year.Review:
"All in all this is an immensely entertaining book, although you have to make an effort to seperate fact from fiction...it's one of the few books I have picked up and found difficult to put down again. Thouroughly recommended."
-Eddie Cook, Jazz Journal Interantional
"Barker was one of the first African-Americans to record recollections of [New Orleans'] musical and social heritage. Much of it involved his own family; his relations had first-hand knowledge of legendary figures like Buddy Bolden, the cornettist reckoned to be the key figure in the emergence of jazz."
"...it is the story and the manner in which it is told that makes this book an entertaining read."
-Mike Hazeldine, New Orleans Music
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Book Description Cassell, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0304701068