In An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Benjamin Franklin V files the careers of South Carolina jazz and blues musicians from the 19th century to the current. The musicians diversity from the popular (James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie), to the extraordinary (Freddie eco-friendly, Josh White), to the mostly forgotten (Fud Livingston, Josie Miles),to the imprecise (Lottie Frost Hightower, Horace “Spoons” Williams), to the unknown (Vince Arnold, Johnny Wilson).
Though the time period “jazz” is usually 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 contributors of the Jenkins Orphanage bands of Charleston. the quantity additionally treats nineteenth-century musicians who played what may be referred to as proto-jazz or proto-blues in string bands, drugs exhibits, vaudeville, and so forth.
Organized alphabetically, from Johnny Acey to Webster younger, the book’s entries contain uncomplicated biographical info, South Carolina flats, profession info, compositions, recordings as leaders and as band contributors, movies, awards, sites, and lists of assets for added examining. Franklin has ensured biographical accuracy to the best measure attainable through consulting such resources because the census, army registers, passport purposes, and different public files together with, while legislation authorised, dying certificate. details in those files accepted him to dispel myths and proper incorrect information that experience surrounded South Carolina’s musical heritage for generations.
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