Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Wilbur Sweatman- That's Got 'Em!

Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961) is one of the most important, yet unheralded musicians involved in the transition of ragtime into jazz in the early twentieth century. In That's Got 'Em!, Mark Berresford tracks this energetic pioneer over a seven-decade career. His talent transformed every genre of   advent of rock and roll- circus sideshows, vaudeville  night clubs, and cabarets. Sweatman was the first musician to be offered a long-term recording contract, and he dazzled listeners with jazz clarinet solos before the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's so-called "first jazz records." Sweatman toured the vaudeville circuit for over twenty years and presented. His bands were a fertile breeding ground of young jazz talent, featuring such future stars as Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, and Jimmie Lunceford. Sweatman subsequently played pioneering roles in radio and recording production. His high profile and sterling reputation in both the black and white entertainment communities made him a natural choice for administering the estate of Scott Joplin and other notable   performers and composers. That's Got 'Em! is the first full-length biography of this pivotal figure , providing a compelling account of his life and times. hIs playing was one of a kind world class, and still to this day fresh.

 More important than anything, this is the place where the rubber hit the road.

That's Got 'Em!: The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman....t

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