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Preservation Hall: Music from the Heart

Carter, William

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ISBN 10: 0304705179 / ISBN 13: 9780304705177
Published by Cassell, London and New York, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Preservation Hall: Music from the Heart

Publisher: Cassell, London and New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Quality Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Inscribed and signed by author

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On St. Peter Street, in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, stands Preservation Hall, an institution unique in American cultural and musical life. Here traditional jazz has been played nearly every night since the early 1960s. Preservation Hall bands have also traveled worldwide. William Carter tells the story of the Hall itself, the personalities who ran it and the music and musicians of New Orleans. Preservation Hall has played host to jazz fans from all parts of the world, musicians and listeners alike. In this lavishly illustrated book, a series of vignettes is interwoven with the narrative, covering, for example, many of the great personalities of early jazz, the story of early recording pioneer William Russell, and the steamy dance halls of Luthjen's and Speck's Moulin Rouge. William Carter brilliantly captures the essence of this colorful chapter in America's musical history. Photographs by William Carter.

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Clarinetist William Carter unearths the roots of New Orleans jazz, a turn-of-the-century combination of African Ameri can and European musical traditions that ranged from the polished ragtime to a grittier, more blues-based style. Carter continues by describing the survival of New Orleans jazz artists during the swing and be-bop eras and then deals with the reawakened interest in the music, which was furthered in 1961 by the establishment of Preservation Hall as a traditional jazz concert hall. Though not writing the definitive history of New Orleans jazz, the author offers some new information and interesting stories, includes over 200 of his own photos, and infuses the reader with his infectious enthusiasm for the music. Recommended to everyone from the general reader to the jazz buff.
- David Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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