Doc is the autobiography of jazz elder statesman Frank aDoca Adams, highlighting his role in Birmingham, Alabamaas, 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. aFessa 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 Birminghamas 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 cityas segregated schools. Birmingham musicians spread across the country to populate the sidelines of the nationas bestknown bands. Local musicians, like Erskine Hawkins and members of his celebrated orchestra, returned home heroes. Frank aDoca Adams explores, through first-hand experience, the history of this community, introducing readers to a large and colorful cast of charactersa including aFessa Whatley, the legendary amaker of musiciansa who trained legions of Birmingham players and made a significant mark on the larger history of jazz. Adamsas interactions with the young Sun Ra, meanwhile, reveal life-changing lessons from one of American musicas 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 Adamsas brother, Oscar Jr., who would become Alabamaas first black supreme court justice. Adamsas story offers a valuable window into the world of Birminghamas 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.Doc is the autobiography of jazz elder statesman Frank aDoca Adams, highlighting his role in Birmingham, Alabamaas, historic jazz scene and tracing his personal adventure that parallels, in many ways, the story and spirit of jazz ...
|Author||:||Frank Adams, Burgin Mathews|
|Publisher||:||University of Alabama Press - 2012-09-04|