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In Search of Buddy Bolden: First Man of Jazz

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The beginnings of jazz and the story of Buddy Bolden (1877-1931) are inextricably intertwined. Just after the turn of the century New Orleanians could often hear Bolden's powerful horn from the city's parks and through dance hall windows. He had no formal training, but what he lacked in technical finesse he made up for in style. It was this--his unique style, both musical ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by LSU Press (first published October 1980)
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molly
Jun 19, 2014 molly rated it liked it
A great primer on the man and his place in shaping jazz. Wish there had been more musicological information about jazz at that time. All I learned in that regard was that it wasn't quite jazz -- the word hadn't been used yet -- and wasn't even quite ragtime, but that Bolden integrated society-dance tunes with something akin to improvisation (but not, according to the book, improvisation of the sort we usually think of in jazz). No mention of West African-derived rhythmic cells, whether they had ...more
Ronn
Oct 29, 2008 Ronn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jazz fans
It is a rare thing when a book about any historical figure, jazz musician or not, manages to be both scholarly and readable. I am pleased to say that this is one of those.

Buddy Bolden is a character in Jazz history about whom legends are much more in abundance than facts. Marquis manages to sort one from the other, and while there are numerous footnotes and references, at no time did I feel like I was reading a book intended only for Jazz historians or worse, the senior thesis of a music histor
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Frank
Jul 16, 2011 Frank rated it really liked it
Although Buddy Bolden still remains a bit of an enigma, I believe that this book does a fantastic job of delivering a great deal of information concerning the life, legacy, and tribulations of Mr. Bolden. A true legend and musical pioneer, I am happy to see that someone has put together a book that does its best to weed out any misinformation and deliver the most accurate account of the man as possible. I sincerely hope that Mr. Bolden is finally resting peacefully.
Phil Overeem
May 26, 2015 Phil Overeem rated it really liked it
A labor of love and a huge boon to Bolden researchers and NOLA jazz historians. Not always the most splendid read, though. It didn't really HAVE to be.
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