By Nat Hentoff
Nat Hentoff, well known jazz critic, civil liberties activist, and fearless contrarian--"I'm a Jewish atheist civil-libertarian pro-lifer"--has lived via a lot of jazz's historical past and has recognized lots of jazz's most vital figures, frequently as pal and confidant. Hentoff has been a tireless recommend for the ignored elements of jazz background, together with forgotten sidemen and -women. This quantity comprises his most sensible contemporary work--short essays, lengthy interviews, and private reminiscences. From Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong to Ornette Coleman and Quincy Jones, Hentoff brings the jazz greats to lifestyles and lines their paintings to gospel, blues, and plenty of different kinds of yank track. on the Jazz Band Ball additionally comprises Hentoff's prepared, cosmopolitan observations on a variety of matters. The ebook indicates how jazz and schooling are a necessary partnership, how loose expression is the essence of liberty, and the way social justice matters like health and wellbeing care and robust civil rights and liberties hold all of the arts--and all contributors of society--strong.
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When I started to play, I bought all his records and I imagine I can still play those solos. I tried to get the sound of the C melody saxophone on the tenor. That’s why I don’t sound like other people. ” But Trumbauer, though an original, didn’t affect, as Prez did, the stories of countless jazz musicians around the world. The moderator that night at Lincoln Center was historian and jazz professor Lewis Porter. He made the salient point that although the roots of the originators were black, they had big ears and were open to an infinite diversity of influences.
And in the mail a couple of weeks ago, I found a harvest of more Storyville “Masters of Jazz” sets—Sidney Bechet, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Griffin, Johnny Hodges, Billie Holliday and Earl Hines. With four children and six grandchildren to remember in my will, I may well include these CDs in my bequests along with The Duke Box. ” “It’s a matter,” said Duke, “of whether you want to play music or make money, I guess. I like to keep a band so that I can write and hear the music the next day. ” Asked whether the rise of rock ’n’ roll had taken away the jazz audience, Duke answered: “There’s still a Dixieland audience, a Swing audience, a Bop audience.
I didn’t stop worrying, but I felt better. And I remembered when I was not yet 20 and plunged into Beethoven’s late quartets, I was also reading about the discords in his life. I couldn’t tell you then, or now, about the “process” of that galvanizing music, but knowing something of the life that Beethoven was impelled to put into his music deepened what I got out of it for my life. ” But since he was a kind man and knew I had this gig, he’d talk at length with me for the notes. ” Instead, he spoke of his constant search for meaning, for connections between his life and the cosmos.
At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene by Nat Hentoff