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When the Negro musician or dancer swings the blues, he is fulfilling the same fundamental existential requirement that determines the mission of the poet, the…
The United States is not a nation of black and white people. Any fool can see that white people are not really white, and that…
Now, one can often get away with playing music by ear when it is not being recorded, but writing is another matter; its mistakes are…
The juke joint, the honky tonk, and the ballroom also represent one more thing, anthropologically speaking: a ceremonial context for the male-with-female-duet dance flirtation and…
Effective stream-of-consciousness narration is the product of verbal precision, not just of literal documentation. It is decidedly not a matter of unedited free-association.
As any competent student of literary composition knows, the more natural and casual a voice sounds in print, the more likely it is to have…
A jazz tune, melody, or composition is usually based on either a traditional twelve-bar, eight-bar, or four-bar blues chorus or on the thirty-two-bar chorus of…
The blues is not the creation of a crushed-spirited people. It is the product of a forward-looking, upward-striving people.
If it is properly done, the ‘as told to’ autobiography represents how the subject wants his story told.
I am not an African. I am an American.
The improvisational nature of jazz musicianship is such that a truly competent performer must be prepared to function as an on-the-spot composer who is expected…
Jazz music, as is also the case with the old down-home spirituals, gospel and jubilee songs, jumps, shouts and moans, is essentially an American vernacular…
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