IN SEARCH OF BUDDY BOLDEN FIRST MAN OF JAZZ PDF

Sign in to view read count Donald M. Bolden was greatly admired by musicians who fervently stole his licks and a legendary figure in turn of the century New Orleans, but he gave no interviews and never made a recording. Thus false stories circulated around the trumpeter, many of which were then assumed to be accurate. Donald Marquis spent fifteen years uncovering the truth through interviews, courthouse documents, and dogged detective work.

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Aug 30, Mike Merrill rated it really liked it Interesting account of the search for The first acknowledged jazz guy. Oct 25, Ronn rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jazz fans It is a rare thing when a book about any historical figure, jazz musician or not, manages to be both scholarly and readable.

I am pleased to say that this is one of those. Buddy Bolden is a character in Jazz history about whom legends are much more in abundance than facts. Marquis manages to sort one from the other, and while there are numerous footnotes and references, at no time did I feel like I was reading a book intended only for Jazz historians or worse, the senior thesis of a music It is a rare thing when a book about any historical figure, jazz musician or not, manages to be both scholarly and readable.

Marquis manages to sort one from the other, and while there are numerous footnotes and references, at no time did I feel like I was reading a book intended only for Jazz historians or worse, the senior thesis of a music history major.

Much of this book was first published in the 70s, but there are several updates that bring things pretty much up to date. If you have any interest at all in the origins and early years of Jazz, this book belongs on your shelf. Information that would be well suited to footnotes and appendices of which there is plenty are included directly in the text, slogging the reader down with frivolous information.

Despite this, I still enjoyed the book. Many rich details of There is much to like about Buddy Bolden, his mythic stature and while Marquis has clearly done an excellent job researching his subject, there is too much attention to detail.

Many rich details of Bolden and the New Orleans jazz scene at the turn of the 20th century abound, inciting the imagination of life and the exciting musical scene at that time. NOTE: My understanding is that there is a later edition of the book that perhaps irons out some of the problems I may have had. Wish there had been more musicological information about jazz at that time. No mention of West African-derived rhythmic cells, whether they had A great primer on the man and his place in shaping jazz.

A thorough piece of historical research but a lacking musicological study. A true legend and musical pioneer, I am happy to see that someone has put together a book that does its best to weed out any misinformation and deliver the most accurate account of the man as possible.

I sincerely hope that Mr. Bolden is finally resting peacefully. Not always the most splendid read, though.

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In Search of Buddy Bolden: First Man of Jazz

His father died when Buddy was six, after which the boy lived with his mother and family members. He was known for his loud sound and improvisational skills, and his style had an impact on younger musicians. At least one writer has labeled Bolden the father of jazz. He was also said to have adapted ideas from gospel music heard in uptown African-American Baptist churches. In doing so, he created an exciting and novel fusion of ragtime, black sacred music, marching-band music, and rural blues. Bolden was known for his powerful, loud, "wide open" playing style.

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Aug 30, Mike Merrill rated it really liked it Interesting account of the search for The first acknowledged jazz guy. Oct 25, Ronn rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jazz fans It is a rare thing when a book about any historical figure, jazz musician or not, manages to be both scholarly and readable. I am pleased to say that this is one of those. Buddy Bolden is a character in Jazz history about whom legends are much more in abundance than facts. Marquis manages to sort one from the other, and while there are numerous footnotes and references, at no time did I feel like I was reading a book intended only for Jazz historians or worse, the senior thesis of a music It is a rare thing when a book about any historical figure, jazz musician or not, manages to be both scholarly and readable.

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