Creating Jazz CounterpointNew Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues

Creating Jazz CounterpointNew Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues

Vic Hobson

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9781617039911

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Abstract

This book explores how the blues became a part of New Orleans jazz. In so doing it demonstrates how the principles of barbershop harmony were applied to the instrumentation of a jazz band to produce jazz counterpoint. Using unpublished archive material and existing scholarship this book discuses the role that Buddy Bolden and Bunk Johnson played in the early years of jazz. It also clarifies the role that the white musicians and Creole musicians played both historically and musically in the development of jazz, the blues, and ragtime, in New Orleans.