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Tenor Saxophonists

Thomas Owens

in Bebop: The Music and Its Players

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106510
eISBN:
9780199853182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106510.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

During the 1940s and 1950s, bebop alto saxophonists could have been listed as “Charlie Parker and others,” but tenor saxophonists had no comparable single influence. Instead, most tenor players drew ... More


The Swing Era

Ted Gioia

in The History of Jazz

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190087210
eISBN:
9780190087227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190087210.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at the dramatic changes in American culture during the 1930s, when danceable swing jazz played by big bands became the most popular music in the United States. The emergence of a ... More


Interlude: Nat and Norman: The “Jam Sessions,” 1942–1946

Will Friedwald

in Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190882044
eISBN:
9780190882075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190882044.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines how Nat Cole, in the early to mid-1940s, actually enjoyed two careers at the same time; one as leader of a “commercial” trio; the other as a “gigging” jazz pianist. With Norman ... More


Historical Cadence and the Nitty-Gritty Effect

Phillip Brian Harper

in Abstractionist Aesthetics: Artistic Form and Social Critique in African American Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479865437
eISBN:
9781479808878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479865437.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter two reevaluates the conventional wisdom that African American culture wholly repudiates abstraction, noting the paradoxical fact that music, which is generally considered the most ... More


Billie Holiday: Anatomy of a Tragedy

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer/songwriter who pioneered an innovative way of controlling phrasing and tempo. She was nicknamed “Lady Day” by Lester Young, her friend and musical ... More


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