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Buck Clayton’s Jazz World by Buck Clayton

By Buck Clayton

Buck Clayton's Jazz World is the autobiography of 1 of the main major trumpeters in jazz. Clayton is healthier often called a trumpet participant for count number Basie (he joined that band in its first days of reputation in 1936 and stayed until eventually he entered the military within the early 1940s). He used to be additionally one in every of Billie Holiday's favourite accompanists.
Clayton's recollections hide seventy five interesting years of jazz background, not just within the usa but additionally overseas. essentially the most fascinating sections of the e-book bargains along with his unbelievable adventures in Shanghai in 1934-36 as chief of a jazz band and his prolonged remains in Europe on account that 1949 as one in every of a wide team of expatriate black American jazzmen. His paintings with Coleman Hawkins, Lester younger, Jummy dashing, and so on is stated intimately. The e-book additionally chronicles Clayton's newer occupation as an arranger and composer. additionally, he has lectured in jazz stories at Hunter university in New York.

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Nancy Miller is a number one manhattan photographer who makes a speciality of jazz-related topics.

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It sure was tough on a trumpet man of one year's experience, but before long I was playing them all with practice and work together. Another hindrance, which I did not realize at the time, was that I was playing trumpet incorrectly. I was playing on the inner flesh of my bottom lip and I wasn't corrected on this until I met trombonist Parker Berry, who straightened me right out. During my stay at the Red Mill I met Mutt Carey-Papa Mutt, the famous New Orleans trumpet player, who had moved out to Los Angeles.

I got a nice seat near the front and I quickly became friends with LOS ANGELES AND THE WESJ' COAST / 33 two little white boys about my age. We laughed and talked for quite a few miles after leaving Los Angeles, but I found later that my ticket to Kansas was through a southern route that took me down into Texas, then up to Oklahoma and then on into Kansas. So as I said, these little kids were so friendly at first, but I noticed that the farther we got down in the southern part of the country, their attitude started changing, little by little.

Someone, say in the reed section, sets a riff under someone playing a trumpet solo, for example, and the whole band can play and to an outsider it looks as if the whole band is playing special arrangements. But actually we didn't have one note to play as all of our music was somewhere between Los Angeles and Sacramento laying somewhere on the highway. I met more and more musicians during my stay with Echols. I met Red Mack, whose real name was McClure Morris. Red was a youngster like 44 / BUCK CLAYTON'S JAZZ WORLD myself, about the same age and a trumpet player, but what a trumpet player.

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