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Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz
 
 

Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz [Kindle Edition]

William Zinsser , Albert Murray

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"Jazz came to China for the first time on the afternoon of June 2, 1981, when the American bassist and French-horn player Willie Ruff introduced himself and his partner, the pianist Dwike Mitchell, to several hundred students and professors who were crowded into a large room at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Probably they were not surprised to find that the two musicians were black. . . .What they undoubtedly didn't expect was that Ruff would talk to them in Chinese." —from Chapter 1, "Shanghai"

Since 1955, Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff have been playing, teaching, and sharing jazz around the U.S. and around the world. William Zinsser, one of our finest chroniclers of American life, tells their story as he travels with the duo to China, to Davenport, Iowa, to New York City, and—with Willie Ruff—to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, where Ruff journeys back to the roots of Western music in order to understand jazz's musical legacy.

Zinsser also accompanies Mitchell and Ruff as they visit their hometowns in Florida and Alabama. We listen as the two men tell of growing up in small towns in the American South of the 1930s and 40s; as they tell about the teachers, community leaders, and family members who believed in two young black men with talent but no formal musical training; as they tell of their struggles, their perseverance, and their ultimate success.

Jazz is indeed a uniquely American musical tradition, and there are no better guides to this inspiring art than Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff.

“In this account of the world adventures of two splendid jazz artists, Bill Zinsser has given us one of the most exciting books about America’s original art form that I’ve ever read. It’s a revelation.”—Studs Terkel

“As good as any reportage being written today. Mr Zinsser obviously admires his subjects and has a sense of wonder at the way that have combined lowbrow and highbrow, stern intellectual discipline with joyful emotion, and humble origins with astonishing achievements.”—Wall Street Journal

Synopsis

This portrait of jazz musicians Willie Ruff and Dwike Mitchell tells not just how these men became musicians but how they live their lives as musicians -- how they give the gift of jazz to communities that would otherwise not have access to this powerful music. Born into Southern homes long before the civil rights era began, Ruff and Mitchell became successful musicians with degrees from two of the country's most elite conservatories. Mitchell and Ruff follows the musicians to Shanghai, where they bring jazz to China; to the Midwest, where they demonstrate their talents to audiences usually ignored by musicians; to New York City, where Mitchell teaches a new generation of talented but untrained musicians; and to Venice, where Ruff travels back to the roots of Western music in order to understand jazz legacy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 264 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 206 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0966491343
  • Verlag: Paul Dry Books (20. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007N7JFWM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen an overlooked classic 20. August 2002
Von Paul Devlin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a masterpiece. Zinnser delivers what is perhaps the archetypical story of the development of serious American artists. Zinnser is one of the most talented and overlooked writers, and he tells the story of Mitchell and Ruff with humor, clarity, and intelligence. If most books about jazz and jazz musicians were this good, we'd have a whole subset of profound literature based on the music, but unfortunately, Zinnser's book is a rare gem. Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff couldn't have hoped for a better writer, nor Zinnser for a better subject.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Just for Jazz Fans 11. Februar 2002
Von S. Schrecker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Get this book! Zinsser is a fabulous writer. You will be moved and enthralled by the story of these gifted and dedicated men. The author's description of Ruff explaining the concept of musical improvisation to a Chinese audience is unforgetable.
I think this is a re-issue of Willie & Dwyke (1984), now out of print.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Willie, Dwike and Zinsser 2. Juni 2002
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of Zinsser and the child of a big band sax man so had to read Willie and Dwike. Willie and Dwike (the earlier, out -of -print edition of this book) is the life stories of two amazing and brilliant musicians and the author who shadows them as they travel to foreign countries and small towns across the U.S. Throughout, Zinsser conveys the great minds, quiet dignity and incredible musicianship of these men so dedicated to their art - the art of jazz. It is a delightful read! A must read if you love jazz and good writing.
5.0 von 5 Sternen This Is, Above All, a Marvelous Book 26. Juni 2013
Von Just Sayin' - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Those gray missiles that whizzed past your head were my socks, knocked off by William Zinsser's Mitchell & Ruff, an American Profile in Jazz. I do not envy Prof. Zinsser, who writes on good writing. There will always be a sniper eager to shoot him down for any deviation from his prescription for proper expression. I'm not sniping, but I was surprised that Zinsser used the expression "student body," roundly condemned by William Strunk, whose work he praises. I would have written, "The enrollment grew", instead of "The student body expanded." Strunk would have had a good laugh at that one, watching the waistlines of his Cornell charges expanding visibly to his mind's eye. And Jerome Kern's classic tune is Yesterdays, not Yesterday, the Beatles song.
Zinsser got everything else so very right. My interest never flagged, not for a moment. The structure of the book, showing the remarkable lives of the two protagonists in very specific, revealing, and memorable places, is ingenious. The ending is sudden, unexpected, and fully satisfying.
Prof. Zinsser is a remarkable writer. We are accustomed to plowing through such meaningless drivel on the Internet and elsewhere, this review included, that good writing grabs us by the scruff of the neck. "Compelling," that's the word I'm looking for. And Zinsser convinced me, no, compelled me, a highly opinionated jazz fan of long date, to believe that Dwike Mitchell, previously little more than a name to me, is one of the elite musicians that this great music has produced. As for Willie Ruff, what a great musician and what a great human being! This is the story of two lives, unwasted.
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