In An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Benjamin Franklin V records the careers of South Carolina jazz and blues musicians from the 19th century to the current. The musicians variety from the popular (James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie), to the remarkable (Freddie eco-friendly, Josh White), to the mostly forgotten (Fud Livingston, Josie Miles),to the vague (Lottie Frost Hightower, Horace “Spoons” Williams), to the unknown (Vince Arnold, Johnny Wilson).
Though the time period “jazz” is often understood, if tricky to outline, “blues” has developed through the years to incorporate rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and soul song. Performers in those genres are represented, as are individuals of the Jenkins Orphanage bands of Charleston. the quantity additionally treats nineteenth-century musicians who played what could be known as proto-jazz or proto-blues in string bands, medication exhibits, vaudeville, and so on.
Organized alphabetically, from Johnny Acey to Webster younger, the book’s entries comprise easy biographical info, South Carolina apartments, occupation information, compositions, recordings as leaders and as band contributors, movies, awards, websites, and lists of assets for added interpreting. Franklin has ensured biographical accuracy to the best measure attainable by way of consulting such assets because the census, army registers, passport functions, and different public files together with, whilst legislations authorised, loss of life certificate. details in those files accredited him to dispel myths and proper incorrect information that experience surrounded South Carolina’s musical historical past for generations.
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