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Softly, with feeling : Joe Wilder and the breaking of barriers in American music / Edward Berger ; foreword by Wynton Marsalis.

Berger, Edward, (author.).
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New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle 788.9 BERG (Text) 39231033007598 Adult Non-fiction Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781439911273 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1439911274 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9781439911297 (e-book)
  • ISBN: 1439911290 (e-book)
  • Physical Description: xviii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2014.

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Includes bibliographical references, discography (pages 315-363), and index.
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The making of a musician : Philadelphia (1922-1938) -- From student to pro (1938-1943) -- Integration of the Armed Forces : the Montford Point Marines (1943-1946) -- Big band odyssey (1946-1950) -- New York (1950-1953) -- On the road again : Count Basie (1953-1954) -- Back on Broadway and into the studios (1954-1957) -- On staff : African American musicians and the network orchestras (1957-1964) -- A dream realized : return to classical music (1964-1974) -- Freelance (1974-1990) -- New outlets : jazz repertory and jazz parties (1990-2000) -- Passing it on : teaching, awards, and honors (2000- ).
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In this biography the author tells trumpeter Joe Wilder's remarkable story, from his growing up in working-class Philadelphia to becoming one of the first 1,000 black Marines during World War II, and his achievements in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music. Wilder is also known as a pioneer who broke down racial barriers, the first African American to hold a principal chair in a Broadway show orchestra, and one of the first African Americans to join a network studio orchestra. Reminiscences by Wilder and his colleagues, including renowned Philadelphia-area musicians Jimmy Heath and Buddy DeFranco place Wilder's experiences within a broader context of American musical and social history.
Subject: Wilder, Joe.
Jazz musicians > United States > Biography.
Trumpet players > United States > Biography.

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