Title: Back Beats and Rim Shots: The Johnny Blowers...
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1997
Illustrator: Photo Illus in b&w
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Music
197pp. Black cloth. 1st Ed. "AS NEW!" Photo illus. Tight, square, bright copy. No remainder mark. No internal markings. Bright, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover. Institute of Jazz Studies. Extensive Discography. Foreward by Mel Torme. Bookseller Inventory # 14048
Synopsis: Big Band music instantly reminds us of America on the homefront during World War II, lavish Hollywood musicals, and the jitterbug. Fans of big band music will enjoy Back Beats and Rim Shots, which vividly describes the life of jazz drummer Johnny Blowers (1911-2006) and the atmosphere of America during the time when the big band sound reigned supreme. Blowers's career typified the enchantment of the big band era and illuminates the fierce competition between the musicians as they struggled for success. Author Warren Vaché follows the life of the musician from his boyhood in a small southern town to the mean streets of New York, where he gambled on his future in music without friends or connections, until the almost unbelievable lucky break that put him on the road to success.
Back Beats and Rim Shots chronicles the time Blowers spent recording for Vocalion with Bobby Hackett's first band at "Nick's," the famous jazz spot in Greenwich Village, as well as later recordings with industry titans such as Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holliday. Vaché skillfully intersperses Blowers's recollections with a straightforward narrative. Including a discography, Back Beats and Rim Shots is a must for the music aficionado.
About the Author: The late Warren W. Vaché was a freelance writer and jazz musician. He was a co-founder and charter member of the New Jersey Jazz Society, the co-founder of the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and founder of the American Jazz Hall of Fame.
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