The Annual Review of Jazz Studies (ARJS) is a journal providing a forum for the ever expanding range and depth of jazz scholarship, from technical analyses to oral history to cultural interpretation. Addressed to specialists and fans alike, all volumes include feature articles, book reviews, and unpublished photographs. This 14th issue contains four intriguing articles that to some degree contravene accepted precepts of jazz orthodoxy. John Howland traces the connection between Duke Ellington's extended works and the 'symphonic jazz' model of the 1920s as exemplified by Paul Whiteman and his chief arranger, Ferde GrofZ. Horace J. Maxile Jr. takes an unfashionably broad perspective of Charles Mingus's 'Ecclusiastics,' applying recent developments in cultural theory as well as the formal tools of traditional music theory. Brian Priestley's exploration of the ties between Charlie Parker and popular music challenges the canonical depiction of Parker as a lone revolutionary genius, instead underscoring the saxophonist's ties to the popular music of his time. Finally, John Wriggle presents an extensive examination of the life and work of arranger Chappie Willet, an unsung hero of the Swing Era. The book reviews cover a cross-section of the burgeoning jazz literature, and Vincent Pelote has again compiled a list of books received at the Institute of Jazz Studies.
About the Author
Edward Berger is associate director of the Institute of Jazz Studies. Henry Martin is professor of music at Rutgers University, Newark. Dan Morgenstern is director of the Institute of Jazz Studies. Evan Spring, a freelance writer, hosts a jazz radio program on WKCR in New York City. George Bassett studied music theory with James Randall, Milton Babbitt, and Claudio Spies at Princeton University.
Table of Contents
Ellingtonian Extended Composition and the Symphonic Jazz Model John Howland 1
Churchy Blues, Bluesy Church: Vernacular Tropes, Expression, and Structure in Charles Mingus's "Ecclusiastics" Horace J. Maxile Jr. 65
Charlie Parker and Popular Music Brian Priestley 83
Chappie Willet: A Jazz Arranger in Swing Era New York John Wriggle 101
One O'clock Jump: The Unforgettable History of the Oklahoma City Blue Devils Douglas Henry Daniels Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop-A History, by Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix Todd Bryant Weeks 189
Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain George McKay, and The Evolution of Jazz in Britain, 1880-1935, by Catherine Parsonage Howard Rye 201
Books Received at the Institute of Jazz Studies Vincent Pelote 213
About the Editors 217
About the Contributors 219
About the Institute of Jazz Studies 221