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Swing legacy
Deffaa, Chip, 1951-
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Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press ; [New Brunswick, N.J.] : Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, 1989.
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xi, 379 pages ; 23 cm.
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ML3506 .D43 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Chip Deffaa presents the recollections of eighteen musicians, covering a wealth of American musical history.

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Swing Legacy is the first volume of the "Studies in Jazz" series to deal with more than a single musical figure. Deffaa, jazz critic for the New York Post has brought together 20 portraits of jazz artists, told mostly in the words of the artists themselves, that originally appeared in Mississippi Rag, Down Beat, Coda, and other journals. The connecting thread among these figures is the swing music of the big band era. Within that framework, a wide variety of musicians is profiled: sidemen in the great bands of the '30s and '40s such as trumpeters Buck Clayton and Chris Griffin and drummers Panama Francis and Johnny Blowers; popularly successful jazz singers Maxine Sullivan and Mel Torme; Artie Shaw, who left the music business at the height of his fame; and Woody Herman, who led important bands for over 40 years only to die deeply in debt. The Ellington and Basie bands are examined after the deaths of their leaders. Scott Hamilton and Warren Vache Jr., young keepers of the flame of swing music, are included with the veterans. None of the profiles is lengthy enough to be exceptionally deep, but numerous candid and heartfelt observations about the great bands and their music and about life after the bands make for interesting reading. Deffaa is clearly a fan of this music, perhaps to the exclusion of later jazz, but this bias has served his subjects well. For all levels of public and academic library collections. -K. R. Dietrich, Ripon College