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Author Smith, Chris, 1981- author

Title The view from the back of the band : the life and music of Mel Lewis / by Chris Smith
Published Denton, Texas : University of North Texas Press, 2014
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Series Number 10 in the North Texas lives of musicians series
North Texas lives of musicians series ; no. 10
Contents Foreword: 'Uncle Mel' by John Mosca -- Preface -- Born a drummer -- Mel meets New York City -- Brookmeyer and Kenton's initial offer -- Kenton presents Mel Lewis -- Contemporary concepts and Thad Jones -- Life in Los Angeles -- Terry Gibbs and 'The tailor' -- Webster and Mulligan -- Mel's new cymbal and Europe with Dizzy -- The Soviet Union and a move East -- Back in the Big Apple -- Thad and Mel get their opening -- Opening night at the Village Vanguard -- The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and Solid State -- Thad and Mel hit the road, and the road hits back -- The youth movement -- Ten years at the Village Vanguard / The road family -- Thad leaves for Denmark -- Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra -- The musical mentor -- Twenty years at the Vanguard / A new fight -- Hello and goodbye -- Memories of Mel -- Afterword: 'Mel's example' by John Riley -- Transcriptions and listening guides -- Mel Lewis equipment timeline -- Selected discography -- Notes
Summary Mel Lewis (1929-1990) was born Melvin Sokoloff to Jewish Russian immigrants in Buffalo, New York. He first picked up his father's drumsticks at the age of two and at 17 he was a full-time professional musician. The View from the Back of the Band is the first biography of this legendary jazz drummer. For over fifty years, Lewis provided the blueprint for how a drummer could subtly support any musical situation
Notes Based on: Thesis (D.A.)--University of Northern Colorado, 2012
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Lewis, Mel, 1929-1990.
Drummers (Musicians) -- United States -- Biography.
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1574415875 (electronic bk.)
9781574415872 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)