In An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Benjamin Franklin V files the careers of South Carolina jazz and blues musicians from the 19th century to the current. The musicians diversity from the popular (James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie), to the awesome (Freddie eco-friendly, Josh White), to the principally forgotten (Fud Livingston, Josie Miles),to the vague (Lottie Frost Hightower, Horace “Spoons” Williams), to the unknown (Vince Arnold, Johnny Wilson).
Though the time period “jazz” is often understood, if tough to outline, “blues” has developed through the years to incorporate rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and soul tune. Performers in those genres are represented, as are participants of the Jenkins Orphanage bands of Charleston. the amount additionally treats nineteenth-century musicians who played what may be known as proto-jazz or proto-blues in string bands, drugs indicates, vaudeville, and so forth.
Organized alphabetically, from Johnny Acey to Webster younger, the book’s entries contain easy biographical info, South Carolina apartments, occupation info, compositions, recordings as leaders and as band contributors, movies, awards, websites, and lists of assets for added interpreting. Franklin has ensured biographical accuracy to the best measure attainable by way of consulting such assets because the census, army registers, passport functions, and different public files together with, whilst legislations approved, dying certificate. info in those files authorized him to dispel myths and proper incorrect information that experience surrounded South Carolina’s musical historical past for generations.
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