By Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Eddie S. Meadows
Focusing on blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul tune, California Soul is likely one of the first books to discover the wealthy musical background of African americans in California. The participants describe intimately the person artists, locales, teams, musical kinds, and neighborhood characteristics, and the result's an incredible ebook that lays the basis for an entire new box of analysis. The essays draw from oral histories, tune recordings, newspaper articles and ads, in addition to inhabitants statistics to supply insightful discussions of themes just like the California city milieu's impact on gospel track, the advance of the West Coast blues kind, and the importance of Los Angeles's primary road within the early days of jazz. different essays provide views on how person musicians were formed by means of their African American history, and at the position of the checklist and radio within the making of track. as well as the various variety of essays, the ebook contains the main complete bibliography now to be had on African American tune and tradition in California.
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The Apex Night Club at Central Avenue, . . ”34 Bunch’s discussion of this evidently active and exciting jazz scene did not extend beyond this one paragraph, and it ultimately proved to be a bit misleading: my subsequent research would reveal that the speciﬁc clubs mentioned opened no earlier than , just a year before the end of the so-called Golden Era. But even given the sparseness of Bunch’s account and the questionable accuracy of his chronology of the development of Central Avenue’s jazz venues, the subject matter was fascinating.
But, man, those guys could really play. Petit was second only to Keppard on the cornet, had tremendous power in all registers and great ideas. He was a slow reader, but if the tune was played oﬀ ﬁrst, he would pick up his part so fast no one knew he couldn’t read. And, as for Dusen, he was the best there was at that time on trombone. 84 The music and the money may have been great, but Petit, Dusen, and Whaley, by Morton’s account, could not adjust to the high style of West Coast living preferred by Jelly Roll, Johnson, and other transplanted New Orleans musicians.
There was a sense of liberation and fresh vitality in the new sound of jazz, valued qualities for a community trying to move forward at the same time that it was being forced to close in upon itself. S. history and in the history of jazz. The United States entered World War I; the ﬁrst jazz recording was DjeDje01_021-078 2/26/01 9:54 AM Page 31 WAY OUT WEST ON CENTRAL made—“Livery Stable Blues,” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (a white group); and Storyville, the famed red-light district of New Orleans, where the pioneers of jazz had honed their craft and earned their livelihood, was closed down.