Scott Deveaux on Left of Cool
Professor Scott Deveaux
on Left of Cool
Wednesday May 26, 2010, 9-Noon
Scott DeVeaux is a nationally recognized jazz scholar whose 1997 book The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History won the American Book Award, an ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award, the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society, and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research. He has taught jazz history at the University of Virginia for over twenty-five years.
DeVeaux is co-author (with Gary Giddins) of the new book, "Jazz," which has been called "without a doubt one of the best books on jazz ever written" by Dr. David Baker. The book's first half traces jazz's coalescence in New Orleans out of varied strands of black music, its shaping by Armstrong, Ellington and other giants and its evolution in the big band era as the soundtrack of the American century. The book goes on to cover the bebop era and modern jazz. The multimedia work contains moment-by-moment exegeses of classic recordings . The book mixes scholarly lore and socio-cultural analysis with character studies, resulting in a treasure-trove for fans and students alike.