Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949

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Mercury Press, 1997 - Music - 288 pages

Such Melodious Racket traces, for the first time, the introduction, dissemination and early development of jazz in Canada. Beginning with the appearances in vaudeville of a pioneering New Orleans ensemble, the Creole Band, in 1914, and concluding with Oscar Peterson’s celebrated US debut at Carnegie Hall in 1949, the book documents the activities both of the Americans who brought this audacious new music to Canada— the legendary Jelly Roll Morton not least among them— and of the Canadians who soon took jazz for their own. This fascinating study is based on extensive archival research, as well as interviews with more than seventy musicians— many now in their seventies or eighties— and includes numerous rare and wonderful photographs.

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About the author (1997)

Mark Miller has been a writer-journalist, critic, author, historian-and photographer in the field of music, specifically jazz, for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of ten books, and served from 1978 to 2005 as the jazz columnist for "Canada's National Newspaper," the Globe & Mail. He has also written for Coda Magazine, Down Beat, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, Saturday Night, and several other popular and scholarly publications. Miller has been described as "the dean of Canadian jazz journalists" (The Jazz Report) and is often praised for the clarity of his writing and the depth of his research. He lives in Toronto.

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