Chord Changes on the Chalkboard: How Public School Teachers Shaped Jazz and the Music of New Orleans by Al KennedyChord Changes on the Chalkboard: How Public School Teachers Shaped Jazz and the Music of New Orleans by Al Kennedy

Chord Changes on the Chalkboard: How Public School Teachers Shaped Jazz and the Music of New Orleans

byAl KennedyForeword byEllis Marsalis

Paperback | October 20, 2005

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The world's fascination with New Orleans stems from the allure of the music of the city_music that owes its origins and development to many sources. Until now, popular and scholarly books, dissertations, and articles that attempt to explain these sources have failed to recognize the unsung heroes of the New Orleans jazz scene: the teachers in its public schools. Through more than 90 original interviews and extensive research in New Orleans' historical collections, Dr. Kennedy documents ways that public school teachers pushed an often unwilling urban institution to become an important structure that transmitted jazz and the other musical traditions of the city to future musicians. Music legends from Louis Armstrong to Ellis Marsalis Jr._who also provides the foreword_are just two of the many well-known former students of the New Orleans public schools. Chord Changes on the Chalkboard shows that, particularly after the 1920s, public school students benefited not only from the study of instrumental music and theory, but also from direct exposure to musicians, many of whom were invited to perform for the students. The impact the teachers had on generations of musicians and music fans is undeniable, yet their teaching techniques are only part of the story. In addition to the successes enjoyed with their students, the teachers' own musical experiences, recordings, and performances are also examined. The interaction between teachers and students in New Orleans public school classrooms opens a new field of research for music historians, and this book is the first to document ways in which public school teachers acted as mentors to shape the future of jazz and the music of New Orleans. An important addition to its field, Chord Changes on a Chalkboard will provide invaluable information for jazz fans and historians, music scholars and students, and it is also useful reading for any public school teacher. A must for any music library, it should also be a welcome addition to any collection supporting African-American history or popular culture.
Al Kennedy worked as a communications coordinator in the public information office of the New Orleans Public Schools for 21 years. During this period, he began a series of interviews with retired teachers, principals, and superintendents. Much of his research has focused on the lives of music teachers who taught in the city's public sc...
Title:Chord Changes on the Chalkboard: How Public School Teachers Shaped Jazz and the Music of New OrleansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.9 × 7.8 × 0.78 inPublished:October 20, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810857103

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 1. From Teachers to Jazz Mentors: On the Periphery of New Music Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Clyde Kerr Sr.: From Student to Jazz Mentor Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Yvonne Busch: Shaping New Orleans Music Chapter 7 Chapter 4. The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts: From Jazz Mentors to a Jazz Institution Chapter 8 Chapter 5. The Community Comes into the School: Celebrating the Music Traditions of New Orleans within a Classroom Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Conclusion: The Current Renaissance is No Accident Chapter 10 Appendix 1. Clyde Kerr Sr.: A Link in the Public School Musical Network Chapter 11 Appendix 2. Musical Influences: Yvonne Busch Chapter 12 Appendix 3. Musical Influences: Dr. Bert Braud Chapter 13 Appendix 4. Musical Influences: Ellis Marsalis Jr. Chapter 14 Appendix 5: Musical Influences: Clyde Kerr Jr. Chapter 15 Sources and Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author

Editorial Reviews

This is a paperbound reprint of a 2002 book. Kennedy (history, Dillard U. and U. of New Orleans) examines the influence of New Orleans public school teachers in promoting the study of jazz. Drawing on 80 interviews with these musician-teachers as well as historical records, he traces their contributions from the early 20th century to the present, and profiles Clyde Kerr Sr. and Yvonne Busch. He describes the important role of public school administrators, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and interactions students had with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis. Appendices chart the musical influences of Kerr, Busch, Bert Braud, Clyde Kerr Jr., and Ellis Marsalis Jr., who wrote the foreword.