The Life and Music of Kenny Davern: Just Four Bars by Edward N. MeyerThe Life and Music of Kenny Davern: Just Four Bars by Edward N. Meyer

The Life and Music of Kenny Davern: Just Four Bars

byEdward N. Meyer

Hardcover | July 9, 2010

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Clarinetist Kenny Davern ranked among the best jazz musicians for over 50 years. The unique and instantly recognizable sound of his clarinet, coupled with a wide ranging intellect and quick sense of humor drew praise and applause and endeared him to his fans and friends. The Life and Music of Kenny Davern tells the story of this fascinating musician who had a vision of how he wanted his music to sound and who persisted in the face of adversity until he achieved that vision.Edward N. Meyer conducted interviews with friends, family, colleagues, and critics of Kenny Davern, as well as the man himself, to gain a comprehensive and personal narrative of the artist's life. Beginning with the tragic events that shaped his early life, Meyer traces Davern's growth from a young boy raised in an atmosphere of conflict into an acclaimed, self-assured musician and a warm and loving husband and father. Meyer describes the state of the jazz music business in the last half of the 20th century and fully establishes Davern's status within that scene. Meyer also explores a side of Davern that the public never saw: Davern's hunger for reading made him a knowledgeable and well-respected person with experts outside the world of jazz. With more than 30 photos, a comprehensive discography, bibliography, and index, this volume will fascinate jazz students, fans, and scholars.
Edward N. Meyer teaches courses in the history of jazz at St. Edwards University. He is the author of Giant Strides: the Legacy of Dick Wellstood (Scarecrow, 1999).
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Title:The Life and Music of Kenny Davern: Just Four BarsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:476 pages, 9.38 × 6.43 × 1.27 inPublished:July 9, 2010Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810876922

ISBN - 13:9780810876927

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[This] is an exhaustively researched and very readable account that carries its subject from his earliest years to his final moments. Kenny Davern, who was born in 1935, was one of the most talented and respected jazz clarinetists of his time.. This is truly an estimable and thorough contribution to jazz historiography.