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Bill Russell and the New Orleans Jazz Revival

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Born in 1905, Bill Russell demonstrated diverse musical interests from an early age. A contemporary of John Cage, Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison, his significance as a percussion composer is well known among aficionados and his work as a musicologist of New Orleans jazz music is equally acclaimed. He was a major figure in the revival of interest in the music of that city, notably from his recordings of trumpet player Bunk Johnson in the 1940s. He became the first curator of the Tulane Jazz Archives when they were established in 1958.

This is the first full-length book about Bill Russell´s life that is largely ´in his own words´. It is based on personal interviews conducted with Russell about the diversity of his life´s work, interspersed with views and anecdotes from his friends and associates written especially for the book, together with archive material and a wealth of photos. These sources are woven together to give a portrait of an extremely talented, modest man who forsook an academic career to become a champion of the music and musicians of New Orleans.

Published: Mar 28, 2018

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Section Chapter Authors
Preliminaries
Acknowledgements Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
Foreword George Avakian
Introductions Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
Prelude: Bill Russell’s family background and childhood, by his brother William F. Wagner William Wagner
1
Fugue Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
2
Chicago Sketches Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
3
Jelly Roll Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
4
Trumpet Concerto Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
5
American Music Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
6
Bunk`s Blues Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
7
Last Testament Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
8
Chicago Breakdown Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
9
New Orleans Joys Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
10
New Orleans Style Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
11
Made In America Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
End Matter
Bill Russell's Legacy Alfred Lemmon, Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
Notes Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
Who's Who Ray Smith, Mike Pointon
Index Ray Smith