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In An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Benjamin Franklin V records the careers of South Carolina jazz and blues musicians from the 19th century to the current. The musicians variety from the well known (James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie), to the impressive (Freddie eco-friendly, Josh White), to the principally forgotten (Fud Livingston, Josie Miles),to the imprecise (Lottie Frost Hightower, Horace “Spoons” Williams), to the unknown (Vince Arnold, Johnny Wilson).
Though the time period “jazz” is often understood, if tricky to outline, “blues” has developed over the years to incorporate rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and soul track. 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 could be known as proto-jazz or proto-blues in string bands, drugs exhibits, vaudeville, etc.
Organized alphabetically, from Johnny Acey to Webster younger, the book’s entries comprise easy biographical info, South Carolina apartments, occupation information, compositions, recordings as leaders and as band contributors, motion pictures, awards, websites, and lists of assets for extra examining. Franklin has ensured biographical accuracy to the best measure attainable by way of consulting such resources because the census, army registers, passport purposes, and different public records together with, whilst legislations authorized, dying certificate. info in those files accepted him to dispel myths and proper incorrect information that experience surrounded South Carolina’s musical background for generations.

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