Kansas City Jazz - A Little Evil Will Do You Good - Con Chapman

Con Chapman [+-]
Music writer
Con Chapman has written about jazz since the mid-1970s and his work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, Barron's and Reason among other publications. He is the author of Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Jonny Hodges (Oxford University Press, 2019) which won the 2019 Book of the Year award from the Hot Club de France and a 2020 Certificate of Merit for Best Historical Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.


An introductory statement describing the sub-genre and its place in jazz history. Kansas City jazz moved away from the New Orleans model of collective improvisation in favor of solos backed by ensemble riffs, and subdued the difference between the strong and weakly-accented beats of New Orleans jazz, played in 2/4 rhythm, to a more even 4/4 bounce rhythm. Unlike other jazz styles, particularly bebop, there is no conventional Kansas City mode for soloists; Lester Young and Charlie Parker, both of whom played extensively within the Kansas City tradition, use different harmonic vocabularies and different melodic syntaxes, but both cut their musical teeth as members of Kansas City bands: in Young’s case, Walter Page’s Blue Devils, Benny Moten, Count Basie and Andy Kirk; in Parker’s case, Jay McShann, Harlan Leonard, George E. Lee and Lawrence Keyes.

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Chapman, Con. Prologue. Kansas City Jazz - A Little Evil Will Do You Good. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2024. ISBN 9781000000000. Date accessed: 07 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42615. Oct 2024

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