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Up From The Cradle Of Jazz Paperback – August 21, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
New Orleans has always been a city of music and divergent cultures, where aristocratic French and Spanish colonists, working-class Irish and the African slave culture combined to produce a charismatic musical tradition. The authors begin their survey after World War II and trace the impact of the musicians of New Orleans on rhythm and blues, jazz, soul and the other popular musical styles of the day. The book looks closely, too, at the tradition of musical families as exemplified by clans like the Bechets and Bigards of the early 1900s and continues with the talented Marsalis family of today. They discuss well-known artists such as Professor Longhair and Fats Domino and scores of lesser known but talented locals. Complete with bibliography and discography. This is a comprehensive, detailed history.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
YA The authors offer a rich history of jazz from a specific locale and time period, and they continue the analysis to contemplate how jazz since 1950 has influenced popular music today. The book is unique in that it provides a view of the many cultures, customs, beliefs, and social groups in New Orleans that contributed to the roots of jazz, leaving readers with a wonderful sense of the pride and soul inherent in the music. It includes excellent background for understanding the development of music from the traditional jazz of the '20s to the many more recent styles derived from jazz (rhythm and blues, rock and roll, new jazz). Classic photographs, a light readable text, comprehensive footnotes, index, bibliography, and discography along with the content make this a title not to be missed. Rebecca Holt, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Great price, arrived perfect, on time. Nephew wasted no time reading it. He's a great N'awlins fan. He's learning the piano to play the great N'awlins music.
The new edition includes two epilogue chapters that artfully fill in some of the gaps since the book's initial publication, and give great context to post-Katrina New Orleans and its impact on the musical culture. In addition to the wealth of information in the text itself, the appendix boasts a selected discography, as you will surely want to explore this musical bounty further.
The book has an academic depth to it, but is certainly accessible to a general audience. If you have interest in the great music that came out of New Orleans in the last half of the 20th century, this book is essential.