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Author Loza, Steven Joseph, author.

Title The jazz pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson / Steven Loza ; foreword by Anthony Wilson.

Publication Info. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.92 Wilson,G LOZ    Available
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Description xvii, 189 pages : music ; 24 cm.
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Series American made music series
American made music series.
Bibliography Includes discography (pages 171-174), bibliographical references (pages 175-178), and index.
Contents Foreword : Century of progress / Anthony Wilson -- Prologue -- Toward an assessment of Gerald Wilson -- The pilgrimage of youth -- New York, Jimmie Lunceford, the Great Lakes, and the first Gerald Wilson Orchestra -- Moment of truth -- Pacific jazz -- From the seventies on : diversity and expanding roles -- The Latin dimension of Gerald Wilson -- From a musical point of view : musical philosophy and style -- Conclusion and continuation : the mestizaje of Gerald Wilson -- Epilogue.
Summary "Jazz great Gerald Wilson (1918-2014), born in Shelby, Mississippi, left a global legacy of paramount significance through his progressive musical ideas and his orchestra's consistent influence on international jazz. Aided greatly by interviews that bring Wilson's voice to the story, Steven Loza presents a perspective on what the musician and composer called his "jazz pilgrimage." Wilson uniquely adapted Latin influences into his jazz palette, incorporating many Cuban and Brazilian inflections as well as those of Mexican and Spanish styling. Throughout the book, Loza refers to Wilson's compositions and arrangements, including their historical contexts and motivations. Loza provides savvy musical readings and analysis of the repertoire. He concludes by reflecting upon Wilson's ideas on the place of jazz culture in America, its place in society and politics, its origins, and its future. With a foreword written by Wilson's son, Anthony, and such sources as essays, record notes, interviews, and Wilson's own reflections, the biography represents the artist's ideas with all their philosophical, historical, and cultural dimensions. Beyond merely documenting Wilson's many awards and recognitions, this book ushers readers into the heart and soul of a jazz creator. Wilson emerges a unique and proud African American artist whose tunes became a mosaic of the world."
Subject Wilson, Gerald, 1918-2014.
Composers -- United States -- Biography.
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Band directors -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9781496816023 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
1496816021 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9781496817389 (paperback)
1496817389 (paperback)
Standard No. 40028021606

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