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At the Jazz Band Ball : Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene - Nat Hentoff

At the Jazz Band Ball

Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene

By: Nat Hentoff, Lewis Porter (Foreword by)


Published: 1st June 2010
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Nat Hentoff, renowned jazz critic, civil liberties activist, and fearless contrarian - "I'm a Jewish atheist civil-libertarian pro-lifer" - has lived through much of jazz's history and has known many of jazz's most important figures, often as friend and confidant.

Hentoff has been a tireless advocate for the neglected parts of jazz history, including forgotten sidemen and -women. This volume includes his best recent work - short essays, long interviews, and personal recollections. From Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong to Ornette Coleman and Quincy Jones, Hentoff brings the jazz greats to life and traces their art to gospel, blues, and many other forms of American music. At the Jazz Band Ball also includes Hentoff's keen, cosmopolitan observations on a wide range of issues.

The book shows how jazz and education are a vital partnership, how free expression is the essence of liberty, and how social justice issues like health care and strong civil rights and liberties keep all the arts - and all members of society - strong.

"Hentoff comes off as the cool uncle who weaves fascinating stories about historical figures... His life is jazz history."--Downbeat "A celebration of the music and its practitioners and challenges those who would read jazz the last rights." --All About Jazz "Reading Hentoff, who personally befriended many of jazz's most legendary creators and has witnessed personally many of its landmark moments, is akin to listening to war stories from a still-sharp old uncle--except that Hentoff's stories are better."--Jazz Times "Much like the musicians he loves and admires and who have given him direction in his life, Nat Hentoff has his own voice. It is warmly personal, authoritative, sometimes curmudgeonly."--Jja News (Jazz Journalist Assoc) "Opening doors for listening to and reading about jazz, this book will inform and entertain readers ranging from those who create jazz to neophyte listeners." --Choice

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
What Am I Here for? The Rules of My Jazz Odyssey
Who Owns Jazz?p. 9
My Debt to Artie Shawp. 11
The Family of Jazzp. 12
Beyond the Processp. 14
Playing Changes on Jazz Interviewsp. 16
In the Presence of Ellington
Inside the Ellington Bandp. 21
Duke Ellington's Posthumous Revengep. 23
Essentially Duke (and Wynton)p. 24
Ellington's Band Is Heavenly in These "Live" Forties Recordingsp. 26
Jazz Credentials
Is Jazz Black Music?p. 31
No One Else Sounded Like "Pee Wee" Russellp. 33
Just Call Him Theloniousp. 35
Remembering Dizzyp. 40
Oscar Peterson: A Jazz "Behemoth" Moves Onp. 42
A Great Night in Providence for Jazz and Snowp. 43
The Perfect Jazz Clubp. 45
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Music Legendp. 47
The Music of the 1930s Is Back in Full Swingp. 49
The Expansive Jazz Journey of Marian McPartlandp. 52
Going Inside Jazz with Wyntonp. 54
The Jazz Life on and off the Road
Memories are Made of This: A Conversation with Clark Terryp. 59
Man, I'm So Lucky to Be a Jazz Musician: Phil Woodsp. 66
Conventional Unwisdom about Jazzp. 74
Who is a Jazz Singer?
Are Krall and Monheit Jazz Singers?p. 79
Billie Holiday, Live: A Biography in Musicp. 80
This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Catp. 83
The Springtime of Frank Sinatrap. 85
Sinatra Sings in Vegas, and You are Therep. 87
She's on the Road to Renownp. 89
Bing and Guests Swing on the Airp. 91
The life force of the music
The Joyous Power of Black Gospel Musicp. 97
The Healing Power of Jazzp. 99
Old Country Jewish Blues and Ornette Colemanp. 101
The Jewish Soul of Willie "The Lion" Smithp. 103
Finding the First Amendment Groove
Satchmo's Rap Sheetp. 109
The Constitution of a Jazzmanp. 111
How Jazz Helped Hasten the Civil Rights Movementp. 113
The Congressman from the Land of Jazzp. 117
Jazz Musicians in the Public Squarep. 119
Quincy Jones-Past, Present and Futurep. 121
King Oliver in the Groove(s)p. 127
Giants at Playp. 129
Barrelhouse Chuck Goering Keeps the Blues Alivep. 131
Jazz's History Is Living in Queens...p. 133
Uncovering Jazz Trailsp. 136
Expanding the Mapp. 138
The Survivors
The Thoreau of Jazzp. 143
A Living Memory of Dr. Artp. 145
Barren Daysp. 146
Keeping Jazz-and Its Musicians-Alivep. 148
In New Orleans, the Saints are Marching In Againp. 150
The Beating Heart of Jazzp. 152
The Regenerators
Bridging Generationsp. 157
The Rebirth of the Hot Jazz Violinp. 159
The Newest Jazz Generationp. 161
Born in Israelp. 163
Theo Croker Arrivesp. 164
The Ladies Who Swung the Bandp. 167
Nineteen-Year-Old Saxophonist Verifies Future of Jazzp. 172
The Master Teachers
A Complete Jazzmanp. 177
The Lifetime Teacher: Jon Faddisp. 178
A House of Swing-for All Agesp. 193
Inside the Jazz Experience: Ron Carterp. 196
These Little Kids Think Coltrane Is Coolp. 210
Epilogue: My Life Lessons from the Jazz "Souls on Fire"p. 213
Creditsp. 223
Indexp. 227
Table of Contents provided by the University of California Press, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780520261136
ISBN-10: 0520261135
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st June 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.518