NOW IN PAPERBACK! J.J. Johnson, known as the spiritual father of modern trombone, has been a notable figure in the history of jazz. His career has embodied virtually every innovation and development in jazz over the past half-century. In this first comprehensive biography, filmography, catalog of compositions, and discography, the authors explore Johnson's childhood and early education, document his first compositions, and examine his classical roots, thereby creating a unique and powerful illustration of the composer's technical and stylistic development. New in the paperback edition is an Epilogue containing vital information about Johnson's suicide as well as an Index of Discography Titles.
Joshua Berrett and Louis G. Bourgois, III have combined their specialized backgrounds in musicological studies to create an unprecedented collaboration. Berrett, previously published in the areas of both classical music and jazz, is a musicologist interested in style analysis and cultural history. Bourgois, a professional trombonist, documented Johnson's early style and compiled a discography in his doctoral dissertation.
Chapter 1 Figures Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Early Years in Indianapolis, 1924-42 Chapter 5 Chapter 2: From Central Avenue to 52nd Street Chapter 6 Chapter 3: In the Inner Circle of Boppers Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Once that record started happening... Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Vindicated and in the Vanguard Chapter 9 Chapter 6: A Shift in Focus Chapter 10 Chapter 7: The Hollywood Years, 1970-1987 Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Why Indianapolis-Why Not Indianapolis? Chapter 12 Appendix: On Peeking into J.J.'s Studio Chapter 13 Epilogue Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Filmography Chapter 16 Catalog of Compositions Chapter 17 Discography Chapter 18 Index Chapter 19 Index of Discography Titles Chapter 20 About the Authors