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The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson

By Steven Loza
Foreword by Anthony Wilson

176 pages (approx.), 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 15 musical examples, 4 tables

9781496816023 Printed casebinding $90.00S

9781496817389 Paper $25.00T

Printed casebinding, $90.00

Paper, $25.00

The journey of an innovative musical legend who fused Latin sounds and jazz

Jazz great Gerald Wilson (1918-2014), born in Shelby, Mississippi, left a global legacy of paramount significance through his progressive musical ideas and his orchestra's consistent influence on international jazz. Aided greatly by interviews that bring Wilson's voice to the story, Steven Loza presents a perspective on what the musician and composer called his "jazz pilgrimage."

Wilson uniquely adapted Latin influences into his jazz palette, incorporating many Cuban and Brazilian inflections as well as those of Mexican and Spanish styling. Throughout the book, Loza refers to Wilson's compositions and arrangements, including their historical contexts and motivations. Loza provides savvy musical readings and analysis of the repertoire. He concludes by reflecting upon Wilson's ideas on the place of jazz culture in America, its place in society and politics, its origins, and its future.

With a foreword written by Wilson's son, Anthony, and such sources as essays, record notes, interviews, and Wilson's own reflections, the biography represents the artist's ideas with all their philosophical, historical, and cultural dimensions. Beyond merely documenting Wilson's many awards and recognitions, this book ushers readers into the heart and soul of a jazz creator. Wilson emerges a unique and proud African American artist whose tunes became a mosaic of the world.

Steven Loza, Culver City, California, is professor and chair of ethnomusicology at University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles and Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music, as well as multiple musical anthologies. In addition to his extensive research and publications, Loza has performed jazz and Latin jazz, recorded two CDs, and produced numerous concerts and arts festivals internationally.

176 pages (approx.), 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 15 musical examples, 4 tables