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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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National Jazz Ensemble

National Jazz Ensemble

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(p.211) National Jazz Ensemble
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Jazz Changes
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Williams Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0034

Founded and directed by Chuck Israels, the National Jazz Ensemble with an effort produced a repertory orchestra to play classic records from the full array of jazz history. It performed everything from Jelly Roll Morton's “Black Bottom Stomp” through Horace Silver's “Room 608”, from early Ellington through Bill Evans. It raised all of the problems implied by jazz repertory and except for its approach to the New Orleans classics, faced them in provocative and fruitful ways. It therefore paved the way for a musical activity which will be a valuable part of the future of jazz music in America.

Keywords:   Chuck Israels, National Jazz Ensemble, Jelly Roll Morton, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, New Orleans

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