Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1890-1930 - Studies in Jazz Volume 1 (Hardback)
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Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1890-1930 - Studies in Jazz Volume 1 (Hardback)

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Hardback 840 Pages / Published: 24/06/2003
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This is the first of a two-volume set that will serve as the definitive work on the life and music of this legendary jazz leader. Covering the early years from 1890 to 1930, the text will entertain and inform the reader about the exciting life of one of the major influencers of jazz music and also provide a nostalgic glimpse of what life was like during the Roaring Twenties.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810845794
Number of pages: 840
Weight: 1642 g
Dimensions: 261 x 188 x 53 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Meticulously researched... * Just Jazz *
For anyone with an interest in Paul Whiteman, this book must surely be an essential purchase. * New Orleans Music *
...a long overdue biography of a long-maligned and neglected icon whose influence and generosity gave us so many of the musicians and singers we revere today.... * Bing *
Rayno has written the definitive Whiteman biography....The book, which took nearly twenty years to write, is an exhaustive study of the man and his music....It is a most interesting book to read and a valuable reference for anyone interested in the music of that era. I look forward to reading volume two. * The Potomac River Jazz Club *
Though Rayno writes in the homemade prose style and with the uncritical enthusiasm of the hobbyist, there is nothing amateurish about his meticulous scholarship, and the facts he has so painstakingly assembled have cleared the way for a fully informed reconsideration of Whiteman's place in American music. -- Terry Teachout * Spirituality and Practice *
Rayno describes [this book] as "a vigorous attempt to set the record straight." The attempt is unarguably successful. * Mississippi Rag *
This is a wonderful book and not just for a read - it's a very useful reference work, too...Writers and researchers will turn to it often. * Jazz Journal International *
From any perspective, [this book] is an astonishing achievement...A wonderful value and a must for all those with an interest in 1920s popular music. * Jazz Rag *
The most complete story of Whiteman and music that ranged from syncopated dance tunes to concert styled compositions...herculean. * Radiogram *
Unsurpassed...Rayno has gone to extraordinary lengths to build the fullest possible picture of Whiteman and his band and the results are astonishing...the real clincher is the biographical sketches of virtually everyone ever associated with Whiteman, from musicians to politicians to bootleggers to film directors to night club owners. This is an absolute goldmine of information for anyone with a serious interest in the musical scene of the period...a monumental achievement. * VJM's Jazz and Blues Mart *
...a most interesting book to read and a valuable reference for anyone interested in the music of that era. * Black Athlete Sports Network *
Rayno has done painstaking research on Paul Whiteman over a twenty-year period....This book documents the contributions Whiteman made in educating the public about this unique American musical art form. * The Escambia Sun-Press, Llc *
Rayno's big book is daunting. Its collection of data amazes and confounds, its discography is important, and Youngren's opening essay is terrific and brief. * Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association *
Very readable and remarkably detailed. * L.A. Jazz Scene *
A researcher's dream, to be sure, but it is also readable on many levels...Rayno's treatise is clearly a labor of love and is the definitive musical biography of Paul Whiteman. Majestic and thorough, it deserves a place in any library of popular music. -- Steven Lowery
Rayno's book sheds much-needed light on a misunderstood figure in American music and provides a detailed picture of Whiteman's many facets. -- John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music, Smithsonian Institution
Here finally is a remarkably accurate, equable, and impeccably researched assessment of the life and achievements of Paul Whiteman, for many decades the most maligned figure in jazz history. Bravo to Don Rayno for sorting out reality from myth, fact from fiction. -- Gunther Schuller, Composer and jazz historian
Exhaustively researched for nearly two decades, the definitive Paul Whiteman study has supplanted fiction with fact and wild surmise with sober reason. -- Norman P. Gentieu, long-time jazz historian

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