To New York and back: the life and music of Al Neese

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Robert Faub (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gavin Douglas

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.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Biography, Ethnography, Hard bop, Jazz, Narrative, Neese
Jazz musicians $z North Carolina $z Greensboro $v Biography
Trumpet players $z North Carolina $z Greensboro $v Biography

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