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The musical world of J.J. Johnson
Berrett, Joshua.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press ; [Newark, N.J.] : Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers--the State University of New Jersey, [1999]

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xxiv, 440 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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This work documents the various turning points in the life of jazz legend J.J. Johnson, including his childhood and his first compositions. It also examines his classical roots thereby illustrating the composer known as the spiritual father of the trombone's technical and stylistic development.

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Excepting possibly Jack Teagarden, J.J. Johnson is the most celebrated trombonist in jazz history. Why has he not been the subject of a biographical or musical study before? Perhaps because he is still alive, because his public persona lacks colorful quirks, and because his career has been without tremendous drama. This book will certainly stand as the definitive Johnson study for a long time. Berrett and Bourgois cover virtually all aspects of Johnson's career-- from his childhood in Indianapolis to his apprenticeship in big bands to his assuming the mantle of the trombonist of modern jazz. The authors expose a heretofore little-known reason for Johnson's retreat from the jazz scene in the early 1950s, and they shed light on his departure from the performance spotlight in the 1960s, after remarkable critical and popular success in the second half of the '50s. The description of Johnson's 17-year residency in southern California contains more information about blaxploitation films and television and film scoring than will interest most readers. Though copious, musical examples are not always as well integrated into the text as they might be. Still the volume constitutes a clear, complete discography and is recommended for jazz collections of all types. K. R. Dietrich; Ripon College

Table of Contents

Figuresp. xi
Forewordp. xix
Prefacep. xxi
Chapter 1 Early Years in Indianapolis, 1924-42p. 1
Chapter 2 From Central Avenue to 52nd Streetp. 29
Chapter 3 In the Inner Circle of Boppersp. 51
Chapter 4 Once that record started happening ...p. 85
Chapter 5 Vindicated and in the Vanguardp. 119
Chapter 6 A Shift in Focusp. 141
Chapter 7 The Hollywood Years, 1970-1987p. 165
Chapter 8 Why Indianapolis--Why Not Indianapolis?p. 197
Appendix On Peeking into J.J.'s Studiop. 227
Epiloguep. 234
Bibliographyp. 235
Filmographyp. 241
Catalog of Compositionsp. 245
Discographyp. 259
Indexp. 431
Index of Discography Titlesp. 441
About the Authorsp. 453