?The author, a professional librarian, discographer, and archivist who has previously published more than 30 volumes of discographical research, presents the meticulously investigated material in a clear, concise, and easy-to-use format. As number 59 in Greenwood Press's Discographies series, the book helps fill a void in the understanding of the history nonclassical music styles of the twentieth century and of the role of technological advancements in their development. The work is a valuable resource for researchers in music and U.S. cultural history.?-Music
This text provides data for all recordings of non-classical piano made for issue on disc and cylinder records prior to 1935. It includes piano solos, duets, trios and quartets, as well as selected titles where a soloist is featured within a recording by a dance band or orchestra. It covers a wide variety of pianists and piano styles including ragtime, stride, novelty-syncapated, boogie and blues. The recordings range from the earliest known piano recordings which were made in 1889 as cylinder records for the North American Phonograph company through recordings of the early 1930s by some of the great jazz pianists of that era (such as Mary Lou Williams, Garland Wilson, Herman Chittison, Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson). While many of the solos recorded were of popular tunes of that day, there is also a selection of piano composition, often played by the composer. They inlcude names such as Felix Arndt, Nacio Herb Brown, Hoagy Carmichael, Rudolf Friml, George Gershwin, John W. Green, and many others.