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Chet Baker

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...Despite a tumultuous career, Chet Baker has managed to become one of the most well-respectived jazz musicians of the mid-twentieth century. Born in Oklahoma in 1929 to a musical family, Baker began singing in church before his father gave...

Bud Powell

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...The unique performativity and sound of Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet playing changed the course of bebop and modern jazz. Born in South Carolina in 1917, Gillespie had taught himself how to play trumpet and trombone by the age of twelve...

Jack Kerouac’s Jazz Scene

Kerouac on Record : A Literary Soundtrack

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...Writing in Escapade in December 1960, Jack Kerouac ran through a long list of jazzmen he considered of importance at the time. He got a few of the names slightly wrong (Al Macusik instead of Hal McKusick, for example), but generally...
...Music in film may perform several functions, establishing the particular time and place of a setting, setting the mood or ‘atmosphere’ of the work or a scene; it can flesh out characters with musical cues to persons and their momentary...

Yōko Kanno's Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack

Rose Bridges

Rose Bridges is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the University of Texas-Austin, USA researching film music and sound, especially animation and popular music of the 1960s-80s. She is also a regular editorial contributor to Anime News Network, the most read English-language news site for Japanese anime and manga. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...Cowboy Bebop is one of the most beloved anime series of all time, and if you ask its fans why, you can expect to hear about its music. Composer Yoko Kanno created an eclectic blend of jazz, rock, lullabies, folk and funk (to list just...

The Beginning of Bop

Kerouac on Record : A Literary Soundtrack

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...This essay has appeared under a number of different headings since its debut in print. As independent Beat scholar Dave Moore explains: ‘The original title of the piece was “The Beginning of Bop”, published in Escapade magazine, April 1959....
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...The “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia to unwed parents. Her mother moved the family to Yonkers, New York as part of the Great Migration of African Americans. Fitzgerald entered school at age six...
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...Despite a short career, Charlie Christian proved to be one of the first major jazz electric guitarists. Christian was born in 1916 in Texas; the family relocated to Oklahoma, where he and his brothers were taught to play guitar...