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Ballad for Samuel

Steven L. Isoardi

in The Dark Tree

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245914
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245914.003.0002
Ballad for Samuel

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This chapter examines the status of avant-garde African American music in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s and the legacy of Central Avenue. It discusses the efforts of Jefferson High School music teacher Samuel R. Browne to incorporate new trends in African American music and create a big-band class. Browne's Jazz Band class included writing, arranging, and performing, as well as occasional visits by musicians from Central Avenue.

Keywords: African American music; Central Avenue; Los Angeles; Samuel R. Browne; big-band class; jazz

Chapter.  10359 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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