I quite agree with everything you say about Charters, Tony. His book
Jazz: New Orleans was a pioneering work and has always been one of my
favourite books. It was essential reading for me when I was still
learning about this music; not that I am not still learning. It just
seems a shame to me that the new book contains no references apart
from the bibliography for the reader to follow up for him/herself.
The book I would really like to see Charters write is one where he
gives his own account of New Orleans in the 1950s. I had hoped that
his book New Orleans: Playing a Jazz Chorus (fine as it is) would be
that book. GHB in their American Music series have brought out a few
of the sessions he recorded, including ones by the Eureka Brass Band,
Israel Gorman, Kid Thomas, and Isaiah Morgan. His sleevenotes make
fascinating reading and I guess we will have to make do with them for
the time being.
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
, "Tony Standish" <mojohand@...>
> The Charters Trumpet is still not around the corner down here,
> will summon us to muster shortly.
> I suspect that the nature of the criticisms levelled levelled at
> previous endeavours may again surface, but I beseech all to stand
> contemplate, and acknowledge, the man's enormous contributions to
> music - to the music of New Orleans, to our appreciation of the
> blues, and even to ragtime. The book, the recordings, the LP
> they charted the musical development and appreciation of thousands
> This still eager learner looks forward to seeing what's around the
> Tony Standish
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert Greenwood" <robertgreenwood_54uk@...>
> To: <RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 7:44 PM
> Subject: [RedHotJazz] A Trumpet Around the Corner
> I am presently reading and, for the most part, enjoying Sam
> new book, A Trumpet Around the Corner: the Story of New Orleans
> but I wonder why University of Mississippi has allowed him to get
> without fully citing his sources? The book contains a bibliography
> an appendix giving page references where Charters has quoted
> from another author, but statements of fact and anecdotes are left
> without any source for the reader to check or to follow up. Strange.
> Has anyone else out there read this book?
> Robert Greenwood.
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