Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond (Images of America Series)

Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond (Images of America Series)


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Oklahoma City’s rich music history traces back to Deep Deuce, the heart of the African American community that became an important resource for national jazz and blues bands seeking talented musicians who were often classically trained. Two icons and many legends are among the famous sons and daughters who lived in this cultural Mecca. Oklahoma City’s Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond details the birth and growth of music in Oklahoma City’s African American community from the 1920s until the late 1990s. Musical influences of families and individuals, venues, dance, and fashion blend with new-era traditions such as parades, jam sessions, and street parties to create a culture that became well known. This book explores how the seeds of music so deeply planted in the early days continue to produce great musicians and how the influences of those icons will vibrate throughout future international generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738584270
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Anita G. Arnold is a native of Tecumseh, Oklahoma. She has been the executive director of Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc. since 1991. She has written several cultural history books and is the recipient of the coveted Governor’s Arts Award and the Oklahoma City/County Pathmaker Award.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword 7

Introduction 8

1 Blues Shouting and All That Jazz 11

2 The Making of an Icon 21

3 It Goes with the Music 35

4 Musical Families 71

5 Dancing the Planks off the Floor 81

6 The Stars at Night 89

7 We've Got Choirs 101

8 And the Beat Goes On 107

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