Back in the 1920s, Hoagy Carmichael earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Indiana University. But, for the history of jazz, an even more momentous event occurred there. It was as he walked across the Bloomington campus that Carmichael first whistled the opening eight bars of what became the classic "Stardust."
Jazz is a vibrant and a living art, and this volume serves to remind us of that fact through interviews with Art Tatum, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck, along with almost 20 other jazz greats.
Meet the greatest musicians in the history of jazz. From Hoagy Carmichael to David Sanborn, these interviews and their subjects reflect the diverse appeal and deep roots of a truly American art form. Some of the interviews in Jazz Notes: Interviews across the Generations remain intact from their original publication. Others are updated to include conversations with younger artists, influenced by these legends and attempting to carry on their legacies. The interviews range from the 1970s to the present day and are followed by a concluding section that provides perspective from current artists.
In the course of the interviews, the history of American art and culture receives interesting augmentation. Some artists, such as Dave Brubeck and Maynard Ferguson, discuss how they broke through to the top of the pop charts. Of course, many African American jazz musicians endured difficult and demeaning conditions while on the road in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, and their memories of these experiences are a bittersweet counterpoint to remembered triumphs.
• Contains entertaining stories about an eclectic group of individuals and their journeys into jazz
• Provides compelling insights into both musical and social issues, such as civil rights, upon which jazz touches
• Preserves the legacy of legendary musical figures that may have been forgotten—or never discovered—by the current generation
• Includes a concluding section that provides perspective on these greats from current artists