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...Charlie “Yardbird” Parker is one of the very few of whom it has been said to have permanently changed jazz music with his techniques and improvisations on the saxophone. Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas, USA, but moved to Kansas...
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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...
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...The pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk brought a unique musical and sartorial style to the bebop era of American jazz. Born in North Carolina in 1917, Monk and his family relocated to the San Juan Hill neighborhood of New York City in 1922. He...

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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...Earl Rudolph “Bud” Powell was born on September 27, 1924, in New York City, USA, to a pianist and band leader father. Urged to pursue classical piano, but inspired by the jazz piano of Art Tatum most notably, Bud developed his piano talent...
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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...
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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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...Through the bop and free-jazz eras, few composers exhibited as much creative versatility as Charles Mingus. Born in Arizona in 1922, Mingus was raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. When he was a youth, his mother allowed only...
...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...

Jack Kerouac’s Jazz Scene

Kerouac on Record : A Literary Soundtrack

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...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...