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Jazz Masters Of The 30s : Macmillan Jazz Masters Series - Rex Stewart

Jazz Masters Of The 30s

Macmillan Jazz Masters Series


Published: 1st April 1988
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This is the only jazz history written by a musician that is not strictly autobiographical. Rex Stewart, who played trumpet and cornet with Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington, knew personally all the giants of jazz in the 1930s and thus his judgments on their achievements come with unique authority and understanding. As a good friend, he never minimizes their foibles; yet he writes of them with affection and generosity. Chapters on Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Red Norvo, Art Tatum, Big Sid Catlett, Benny Carter, and Louis Armstrong mix personal anecdotes with critical comments that only a fellow jazz musician could relate. A section on Ellington and the Ellington orchestra profiles Ben Webster, Harry Carney, Tricky Sam Nanton, Barney Bigard, and Duke himself, with whom Rex Stewart was a barber, chef, poker opponent, and third trumpet. Finally, he recounts the stories of legendary jam sessions between Jelly Roll Morton, Willie the Lion Smith, and James P. Johnson, all vying for the unofficial title of king of Harlem stride piano. It was the decade of swing and no one saw it, heard it, or wrote about it better than Rex Stewart.

Forewordp. 9
The Jean Goldkette Bandp. 11
Smack! Memories of Fletcher Hendersonp. 19
The Business of Recordingp. 28
Boy Meets Kingp. 39
The Father of Swing Trombonep. 51
Coleman Hawkins, "The Father of Tenor Saxophone"p. 60
Red Norvo: A Tale of a Pioneerp. 71
The Days with Dukep. 80
Sketches in a Ducal Veinp. 89
Duke Ellington: One of a Kindp. 94
Tribute to Tricky Samp. 103
Illustrious Barney Bigardp. 113
The Frog and Mep. 120
Harry Carney: Boss Baritonep. 129
Getting to Europe-and Getting Outp. 139
The Cutting Sessionsp. 143
Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythmp. 151
My Man, Big Sidp. 160
The Benny Carter I Knewp. 168
Genius in Retrospectp. 181
Count Basiep. 193
Rex William Stewart, Jr.p. 207
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ISBN: 9780306801594
ISBN-10: 0306801590
Series: Macmillan Jazz Masters Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 1st April 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.12  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1