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Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues

Vic Hobson


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 Using unpublished archive material and existing scholarship this book discuses the role that Buddy Bolden and Bunk Johnson played in the early years of jazz.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.

Keywords: Jazz counterpoint, New Orleans, Barbershop harmony, Blues, Ragtime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781617039911
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vic Hobson, author