Beneath The Underdog

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Beneath The Underdog

Beneath The Underdog

  • Author: Charles Mingus
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 1847676162
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the Underdog, his celebrated, wild, funny, demonic, anguished, shocking and profoundly moving memoir, is the greatest autobiography ever written by a jazz musician. It tells of his God-haunted childhood in Watts during the 1920s and 1930s; his outcast adolescent years; his apprenticeship, not only with jazzmen but also with pimps, hookers, junkies, and hoodlums; and his golden years in New York City with such legendary figures as Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. Here is Mingus in his own words, from shabby roadhouses to fabulous estates, from the psychiatric wards of Bellevue to worlds of mysticism and solitude, but for all his travels never straying too far, always returning to music.

Mingus Speaks

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Mingus Speaks

Mingus Speaks

  • Author: Charles Mingus,John F. Goodman
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520275233
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 329
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Collects in-depth interviews with the jazz great, revealing how he saw himself as a performer, how he viewed his peers and predecessors, how he created his extraordinary music, and how he looked at race.

Spirits Rejoice!

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Spirits Rejoice!

Spirits Rejoice!

Jazz and American Religion

  • Author: Jason C. Bivins
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190230932
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 384
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In Spirits Rejoice! Jason Bivins explores the relationship between American religion and American music, and the places where religion and jazz have overlapped. Much writing about jazz tends toward glorified discographies or impressionistic descriptions of the actual sounds. Rather than providing a history, or series of biographical entries, Spirits Rejoice! takes to heart a central characteristic of jazz itself and improvises, generating a collection of themes, pursuits, reoccurring foci, and interpretations. Bivins riffs on interviews, liner notes, journals, audience reception, and critical commentary, producing a work that argues for the centrality of religious experiences to any legitimate understanding of jazz, while also suggesting that jazz opens up new interpretations of American religious history. Bivins examines themes such as musical creativity as related to specific religious traditions, jazz as a form of ritual and healing, and jazz cosmologies and metaphysics. Spirits Rejoice! connects Religious Studies to Jazz Studies through thematic portraits, and a vast number of interviews to propose a new, improvisationally fluid archive for thinking about religion, race, and sound in the United States. Bivins's conclusions explore how the sound of spirits rejoicing challenges not only prevailing understandings of race and music, but also the way we think about religion. Spirits Rejoice! is an essential volume for any student of jazz, American religion, or American culture.

Better Git It in Your Soul

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Better Git It in Your Soul

Better Git It in Your Soul

An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus

  • Author: Krin Gabbard
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520260376
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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"This biography traces the output of jazz master Charles Mingus--his recordings, his compositions, and his writings--highlighting key moments in his life and musicians who influenced him and were influenced by him. As a young man, Mingus played with Louis Armstrong as well as with Kid Ory. Mingus also played in bands led by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Art Tatum, and many others. He began leading his own bands in New York City in 1955. Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy Knepper, Jackie McLean, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cat Anderson, and Jaki Byard are among the many distinguished jazz artists who made music with Mingus during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. In addition to leaving behind a large collection of compelling recordings by large and small units, Mingus was also a talented writer. His autobiography, Beneath the Underdog: His World Composed by Mingus, is unlike any other book by a major jazz artist. Mingus creates vivid portraits of the many people who passed through his life and tells his story with compelling prose. Mingus also wrote a good deal of poetry and prose, all of it reflecting his unique vision. In 1977 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After several months of steady deterioration, he died in 1979 in Mexico"--Provided by publisher.

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

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The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

  • Author: the late Leonard Feather,Ira Gitler
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199886407
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 744
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Do you want to know when Duke Ellington was king of The Cotton Club? Have you ever wondered how old Miles Davis was when he got his first trumpet? From birth dates to gig dates and from recordings to television specials, Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler have left no stone unturned in their quest for accurate, detailed information on the careers of 3.300 jazz musicians from around the world. We learn that Duke Ellington worked his magic at The Cotton Club from 1927 to 1931, and that on Miles Davis's thirteenth birthday, his father gave him his first trumpet. Jazz is fast moving, and this edition clearly and concisely maps out an often dizzying web of professional associations. We find, for instance, that when Miles Davis was a St. Louis teenager he encountered Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie for the first time. This meeting proved fateful, and by 1945 a nineteen-year-old Davis had left Juilliard to play with Parker on 52nd Street. Knowledge of these professional alliances, along with the countless others chronicled in this book, are central to tracing the development of significant jazz movements, such as the "cool jazz" that became one of Miles Davis's hallmarks. Arranged alphabetically according to last name, each entry of this book chronologically lists the highlights of every jazz musician's career. Highly accessible and vigorously researched, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz is, quite simply, the most comprehensive jazz encyclopedia available.

Jazz Meets the World-the World Meets Jazz

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Jazz Meets the World-the World Meets Jazz

Jazz Meets the World-the World Meets Jazz

  • Author: Ilse Storb
  • Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
  • ISBN: 9783825837488
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 232
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Fashion and Jazz

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Fashion and Jazz

Fashion and Jazz

Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation

  • Author: Alphonso McClendon
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 0857851284
  • Category: Design
  • Page: 216
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Born in the late 19th century, jazz gained mainstream popularity during a volatile period of racial segregation and gender inequality. It was in these adverse conditions that jazz performers discovered the power of dress as a visual tool used to defy mainstream societal constructs, shaping a new fashion and style aesthetic. Fashion and Jazz is the first study to identify the behaviours, signs and meanings that defined this newly evolving subculture. Drawing on fashion studies and cultural theory, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the social and political entanglements of jazz and dress, with individual chapters exploring key themes such as race, class and gender. Including a wide variety of case studies, ranging from Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker, it presents a critical and cultural analysis of jazz performers as modern icons of fashion and popular style. Addressing a number of previously underexplored areas of jazz culture, such as modern dandyism and the link between drug use and glamorous dress, Fashion and Jazz provides a fascinating history of fashion's dialogue with African-American art and style. It is essential reading for students of fashion, cultural studies, African-American studies and history.

American Musicians II

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American Musicians II

American Musicians II

Seventy-One Portraits in Jazz

  • Author: Whitney Balliett
  • Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • ISBN: 9781578068340
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 520
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All of the jazz profiles Balliett has written for The New Yorker

Furious Cool

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Furious Cool

Furious Cool

Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him

  • Author: David Henry,Joe Henry
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN: 1616202718
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 400
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“A testament to [Pryor’s] stature not only as an African-American entertainment idol but also as an American icon . . . [An] exuberant tribute” (The New York Times Book Review). Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic during his life, Pryor’s performances opened up a whole new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn’t just new—it was theretofore unthinkable. Now, this groundbreaking and revelatory work brings him to life again both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth appreciation of his talent and his lasting influence, as well as an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the myriad influences that shaped both his persona and his art. “Addictively readable . . . Someday, when fewer people know Richard Pryor’s name, Furious Cool will be the best defense against the worst sort of forgetting—the kind that involves who we are now, who we loved once, and why.” —Esquire “A sleek, highly literate biography that places the comic in the pop-cultural context of his times.” —Bloomberg News “Richard Pryor was the most free black man of the twentieth century. He also was a comic genius. This book gives the definitive reasons why he was so free and so sublime.” —Dr. Cornel West “David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming both his humanity and his immortality as a comic—and tragic—genius . . . Furious Cool is a fabulous history, alive with fascinating characters.” —The Huffington Post

Uptown Conversation

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Uptown Conversation

Uptown Conversation

The New Jazz Studies

  • Author: Professor of English and African-American Studies Robert O'Meally
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231123518
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 427
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'Uptown Conversation' asserts that jazz is not only a music to define, it is a culture. The essays illustrate how for more than a century jazz has initiated a call and response across art forms, geographies, and cultures, inspiring musicians, filmmakers, painters and poets.