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Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History Paperback – July 13, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0195307122 ISBN-10: 0195307127 Edition: New Ed

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (July 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195307127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195307122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Driggs/Haddix's successful condensation of a huge volume of material into a readable narrative is a mirror image of Daniels's efforts to stretch limited amounts of information to book length. Kansas City Jazz is the publication we have been waiting for from Driggs, and Haddix's contribution has make it even more valuable than might have been expected."--Brian Priestly, Jazz Perspectives


"The strength of Kansas City Jazz lies in its exhaustive mapping of Kansas City culture and its musicians.... The authors' years of work as collectors and archivists have resulted in a book that is indispensable for Midwest jazz studies, telling this story vividly and with thorough documentation."--Marc Rice, Journal of the Society for American Music


"[A] successful condensation of a huge volume of material into a readable narrativeKansas City Jazz is the publication we have been waiting for from Driggs, and Haddix's contribution has made it even more valuable than might have been expected."--Jazz Perspectives


About the Author

Frank Driggs is a recognized authority on Kansas City jazz. A former record executive with both Columbia and R.C.A. Victor Records, he now runs the premiere agency for jazz photographs and has co-authored a pictorial history of classic jazz. Chuck Haddix is the Director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A native of Kansas City, he hosts a weekend radio program on K.C.U.R. F.M. called "Fish Fry." His writing has appeared in Down Beat and Living Blues Magazine.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vix on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With vivid descriptions of the "wide-open" town of Jazz era Kansas City and its dramatic denizens, you can envision the scenes of Basie's coming of age, Charlie Parker's KC childhood and musical evolution, big bands dueling each other, glamorous theaters and giant dance halls, bars open 24 hours, remarkable women, "sporting men," police looking the other way, and so much more. The extensive research really pays off with quotations from reviews and ads from "back in the day," interviews with legends, a generous array of photographs, and a cohesive and accessible presentation of information from many sources. The sights, sounds, scents, and sentiments conveyed by Chuck Haddix and Frank Driggs in Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop are the next best thing to a time-machine. Next, Oxford needs to put out a companion CD (or DVD with photos and copies of the original media) with the recordings of the music and performers to help us fully appreciate the musical innovations from the Paris of the Plains.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill on October 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Great book, both of the other reviews so far are quite good. It's good to see a city with such a great history finally getting a thorough treatment.

As a Kansas City native, I would like to point out that co-author Chuck Haddix is quite possibly the best DJ in town, as well as a fine author. His Friday and Saturday night show The Fish Fry plays some of the best jazz and blues anywhere. You can learn more as well as listen to past shows at [...] there's a link to the archives on the righthand side.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Bradley on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Any serious student of Jazz needs to know about the Kansas City sound. The book reiterated what I already knew which is that KC was a major contribitor to bebop and to r&b due to the styles that came togteher from that part of the country. Generations of musicians were influenced by the Basie Band and Charlie Parker. You will also get an education of what life was like in the black community of a midwestern city. Kansas City, which happens to be one of my favorites among cities, had a parallel identity with the world of Negro Leagues baseball and both jazz and baseball are remembered through a museum which I plan to visit soon. I recommend the book to anyone unfamiliar with the subject and interested in jazz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Kansas City Jazz is a chronicle of the golden age of jazz music, an era that put Kansas City on the map along with the more heavily documented jazz havens of New Orleans, Chicago, and New York. Jazz authority and former record executive Frank Driggs combines his talent Kansas City native and radio host Chuck Haddix to present an in-depth chronicle jazz styles that encompassed rough-and-tumble urban blues, and pounding piano music that would come to be known as "boogie-woogie". A tour of jazz cultural landmarks such as the Reno Club and colorful profiles of jazz figures from Mary Lou Williams and Big Joe Turner to Jimmy Rushing and Andy Kirk, along with an inset section of black-and-white photographs, distinguish this "must-read" for jazz music history enthusiasts.
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By Jeremy on June 24, 2014
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Covers the right ground. I like what the authors accomplished here. They unearthed forgotten KC artists and tied them in with known stories. They wrote a new, relevant jazz history book. My one complaint is that they focused too much on Bird's drug use when covering him. It shouldn't be avoided, but I'd like to read as much about Bird's music as I did about Andy Kirk and Bennie Moten's.
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