Texan JazzBook - 1996
Texas musicians and jazz share a history that goes all the way back to the origins of jazz in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie. Texans have left their mark on all of jazz's major movements, including hot jazz, swing, bebop, the birth of the cool, hard bop, and free jazz. Yet these musicians are seldom identified as Texans because their careers often took them to the leading jazz centers in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and Los Angeles.
In Texan Jazz, Dave Oliphant reclaims these musicians for Texas and explores the vibrant musical culture that brought them forth. Working through the major movements of jazz, he describes the lives, careers, and recordings of such musicians as Scott Joplin, Hersal Thomas, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sippie Wallace, Jack Teagarden, Buster Smith, Hot Lips Page, Eddie Durham, Herschel Evans, Charlie Christian, Red Garland, Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Giuffre, Ornette Coleman, John Carter, and many others.
The great strength of Texan Jazz is its record of the contributions to jazz made by African-American Texans. The first major book on this topic ever published, it will be fascinating reading for everyone who loves jazz.
A history of Texas jazz musicians beginning with ragtime and boogie-woogie on to the birth of the cool and free jazz. Often these musical "greats" were never identified as Texan since they moved to New York, Los Angeles, and Kansas City to pursue their careers. Oliphant reclaims the Lone Star state's contribution to jazz by honoring the lives, careers, and recordings of such notables as Scott Joplin, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sippie Wallace, Eddie Durham, Red Garland, Ornette Coleman, and John Carter. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.