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Title To New York and back: the life and music of Al Neese
Publication Date
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Abstract Born in 1931 in Greensboro, North Carolina, trumpeter Al Neese has been an active contributor to jazz culture for over 60 years. A resident of New York City from 1952-74, Neese learned the language of bebop and hard bop alongside its leading practitioners. Moving back to Greensboro in 1974, Neese then carried on the traditions of this music through an extensive performing and recording career, mentoring a generation of younger jazz musicians. He has preserved the music of the hard bop era through the formation of the Al Neese Jazz Project, and is still actively performing today, into his 80s. This biography examines Neese's life story in the context of the prevailing jazz narrative, arguing for the inclusion of stories such as Al's and other tradition-bearers as a way of broadening the common understanding of jazz history and culture.; Biography, Ethnography, Hard bop, Jazz, Narrative, Neese
Subjects/Keywords Jazz musicians – North Carolina – Greensboro – Biography; Trumpet players – North Carolina – Greensboro – Biography
Contributors Gavin Douglas (advisor)
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:nc-docks:14965
Repository nc-docks
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-06-27
Grantor The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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