By Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Eddie S. Meadows
Focusing on blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul tune, California Soul is among the first books to discover the wealthy musical history of African american citizens in California. The participants describe intimately the person artists, locales, teams, musical types, and nearby traits, and the result's a tremendous e-book that lays the foundation for an entire new box of research. The essays draw from oral histories, track recordings, newspaper articles and ads, in addition to inhabitants records to supply insightful discussions of subject matters just like the California city milieu's effect on gospel track, the advance of the West Coast blues type, and the importance of Los Angeles's imperative road within the early days of jazz. different essays provide views on how person musicians were formed by way of their African American historical past, and at the function of the checklist and radio within the making of tune. as well as the various diversity of essays, the e-book comprises the main accomplished bibliography now on hand on African American song and tradition in California.
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An abundance of nightclubs, brothels, and other spots that featured music in a variety of contexts provided ample work opportunities for local players and drew African-American musicians and other entertainers from throughout the country. 28 The “ragged,” syncopated, driving four-beat rhythmic style of the New Orleans jazz musicians transformed the more squared-oﬀ, heavy two-beat feel of local rhythm sections. Quasi-polyphonic, improvised embellishments of the main melody by a “front line” of cornet, clarinet, and trombone gained currency.
The Apex Night Club at Central Avenue, . . ”34 Bunch’s discussion of this evidently active and exciting jazz scene did not extend beyond this one paragraph, and it ultimately proved to be a bit misleading: my subsequent research would reveal that the speciﬁc clubs mentioned opened no earlier than , just a year before the end of the so-called Golden Era. But even given the sparseness of Bunch’s account and the questionable accuracy of his chronology of the development of Central Avenue’s jazz venues, the subject matter was fascinating.
Even during this period, when Los Angeles achieved at least brief recognition as a major cen- DjeDje01_021-078 2/26/01 9:54 AM Page 25 WAY OUT WEST ON CENTRAL ter of jazz innovation, the city’s African-American jazz musicians received little notice beyond the local level. Ted Gioia’s West Coast Jazz and Robert L. , post–World War II) jazz in Los Angeles. 6 Tom Reed’s The Black Music History of Los Angeles—Its Roots7 makes a concerted eﬀort to explore the emergence and early history of African-American jazz and the Central Avenue-based cultural scene in which it ﬂourished.