The Resource Doc : the story of a Birmingham jazz man, Frank Adams and Burgin Mathews

Doc : the story of a Birmingham jazz man, Frank Adams and Burgin Mathews

Label
Doc : the story of a Birmingham jazz man
Title
Doc
Title remainder
the story of a Birmingham jazz man
Statement of responsibility
Frank Adams and Burgin Mathews
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Doc is the autobiography of jazz elder statesman Frank Adams, highlighting his role in Birmingham, Alabama's, historic jazz scene and tracing his personal adventure that parallels, in many ways, the story and spirit of jazz itself. Doc tells the story of an accomplished jazz master, from his musical apprenticeship under John T. "Fess" Whatley and his time touring with Sun Ra and Duke Ellington to his own inspiring work as an educator and bandleader. Central to this narrative is the often-overlooked story of Birmingham's unique jazz tradition and community. From the very beginnings of jazz, Birmingham was home to an active network of jazz practitioners and a remarkable system of jazz apprenticeship rooted in the city's segregated schools. Birmingham musicians spread across the country to populate the sidelines of the nation's bestknown bands. Local musicians, like Erskine Hawkins and members of his celebrated orchestra, returned home heroes. Frank "Doc" Adams explores, through first-hand experience, the history of this community, introducing readers to a large and colorful cast of characters-- including "Fess" Whatley, the legendary "maker of musicians" who trained legions of Birmingham players and made a significant mark on the larger history of jazz. Adams's interactions with the young Sun Ra, meanwhile, reveal life-changing lessons from one of American music's most innovative personalities. Along the way, Adams reflects on his notable family, including his father, Oscar, editor of the Birmingham Reporter and an outspoken civic leader in the African American community, and Adams's brother, Oscar Jr., who would become Alabama's first black supreme court justice. Adams's story offers a valuable window into the world of Birmingham's black middle class in the days before the civil rights movement and integration. Throughout, Adams demonstrates the ways in which jazz professionalism became a source of pride within this community, and he offers his thoughts on the continued relevance of jazz education in the twenty-first century
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
AZK
Dewey number
  • 781.65092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML419.A24
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Doc : the story of a Birmingham jazz man, Frank Adams and Burgin Mathews
Publication
Note
Includes index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Family -- The church -- Schoolboy -- "Fess" -- Outer space -- First gigs and Birmingham clubs -- Summers on the road -- Howard -- Bounce, bebop, blues, and swing -- Teacher -- Bandleader -- Friends and mentors -- Building a family, making ends meet -- The movement -- Keeping the spirit -- "Doc."
Control code
ocn961616035
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxx, 267 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780817386467
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b26960229
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)961616035
  • pebcs0817386467

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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