Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 July 1993

288 Pages | 26 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195082708

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Bookseller Code (06)

The Jazz Scene

An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990

W. Royal Stokes

In this vivid oral history, W. Royal Stokes presents nearly a century of jazz--its people, places, periods, and styles--as it was seen by the artists who created America's most distinctive music. Here, along with the author's enlightening commentary, are the words of musicians famous and little-known, veterans of the early years and pathbreakers of the present, telling us about their origins and adventures, about the places and performers they have known. Stokes not only covers the history of jazz in the major cities and regions--New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago in the '20s and '30s, and California from the '50s to the present--but he goes on to bring us the story of the big bands, post-bebop developments, vocalists, jazz around the globe, and the contemporary scene.