“A first in its field and long overdue . . . account of Texas lives and careers of the principal musicians, singers, and pianists from the beginnings [of jazz] at the turn of the century to the present.”—Ross Russell, author of Jazz Style in Kansas City and the Southwest
Poster for Dave’s signing of his Texan Jazz at Borders bookstore (1996), with signatures of jazz musicians who performed on the occasion, including Martin Banks and Elias Haslanger, the latter a student of Dave's in a music criticism course.
“Oliphant traces and discusses the significant recordings of the major bands in great detail . . ., offering a kind of dialogue that brings in the opinions of most major critics and historians on a wide range of subjects. . . . Musicians and nonmusicians with a focussed interest in this period will find the book of great value, particularly for its extensive notes referring to recordings and for its many quoted opinions.”—C.M. Weisenberg, Choice 40 (2003).
“Dave Oliphant is the undisputed authority on the history of Texas jazz. His books and articles provide the most well-researched and well-written discussions of Texas jazz history available. . . . This book will be an excellent addition to the existing scholarship on the history of jazz in the Southwest.”—Gary Hartman, Director of the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University-San Marcos
"Oliphant's decision to arrange his biography into rhymed quatrains proves fitting: the form mirrors the content. . . . Although Oliphant's vision of Kenny Dorham offers some informative knowledge about the musician's life, career, and social circle, the greater achievement here lies in Oliphant's spiraling musical lines, in his creative rhythms and rhymes, and in his deep understanding of poetic language."—Jason Coates, Texas Books in Review (2012)
“No one knows more about Texan jazz than Dave Oliphant, and it‘s a double blessing for lovers of poetry as well as of jazz that he’s also an accomplished poet. Five years ago, he released the most audacious book on a musician in recent memory, a two-hundred page, 1,000-quatrain verse biography of Texas trumpeter Kenny Dorham.”—Madison Searle, Texas Music (Winter 2018).
Living then in
Dave’s cornet was replaced by this Martin Committee-Model trumpet, the kind
played by Dizzy Gillespie. Also shown here are his cup and harmon mutes.
Dave played with groups in:
Thanks to David Leonnig for contributing this link from his Jazzville USA on Dave's Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State.
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