Description - California Soul by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje
Focusing on blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul music, this text explores the rich musical heritage of African-Americans in California. The contributors describe in detail the individual artists, locales, groups, musical styles and regional qualities, and the result is a book which seeks to lay the groundwork for a whole new field of study. The essays draw from oral histories, music recordings, newspaper articles and advertisements, as well as population statistics to provide insightful discussions of topics such as the Californian urban milieu's influence on gospel music, the development of the West Coast blues style, and the significance of Los Angeles's Central Avenue in the early days of jazz. Other esays offer perspectives on how individual musicians have been shaped by their African-American heritage and on the role of the record industry and radio in the making of music. In addition to the diverse range of essays, the book includes a bibliography of African-American music and culture in California.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje
Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of numerous monographs and articles on African and African American music and is editor of volumes 1 and 2 of African Musicology: Current Trends (1989, 1992). Eddie S. Meadows is Professor of Music at San Diego State University and the author of several jazz reference books, including Jazz Research and Performance Materials: A Selected Annotated Bibliography (1995).