By Frank Driggs,Chuck Haddix
In this colourful historical past, Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix diversity from ragtime to bebop and from Bennie Moten to Charlie Parker to seize the golden age of Kansas urban jazz. Readers will discover a colourful portrait of previous Kaycee itself, again then a neon rebel of bars, playing dens and taxi dance halls, all governed over by way of Boss Tom Pendergast, who had remodeled a dusty cowtown into the Paris of the Plains. We see how this wide-open, gin-soaked city gave beginning to a track that used to be extra uncomplicated and extra viscerally interesting than different types of jazz, its singers belting out a rough-and-tumble city kind of blues, its piano gamers pounding out a mode later referred to as "boogie-woogie." We stopover at the nice landmarks, just like the Reno membership, the "Biggest Little membership within the World," the place Lester younger and count number Basie made jazz heritage, and Charlie Parker started his musical schooling within the alley out again. and naturally the authors light up the lives of the good musicians who made Kansas urban swing, with colourful profiles of jazz figures comparable to Mary Lou Williams, substantial Joe Turner, Jimmy speeding, and Andy Kirk and his "Clouds of Joy."
Here is the definitive account of the uncooked, hard-driving sort that positioned Kansas urban at the musical map. it's a needs to learn for everybody who loves jazz or American song history.
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Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History by Frank Driggs,Chuck Haddix