Congratulations to the fine writing talents of George O. Carney and Hugh W. Foley, Jr. for their massive and successful effort to capture the sound of Oklahoma music, and its jazz roots. The biographies are concise, accurate, and enjoyable reading. For instance, turn to the entry on jazz trumpeter great Chet Baker and learn what made him that way. Each biography contains a photo of the individual, when available.
Another aspect of this fascinating reference work is the list of 350 #1 songs written or performed by musicians with Oklahoma ties and connections. There is also a list of over 500 songs that contain the mention of Oklahoma in the title or in the lyrics. For ease of reference, there is a master list of individuals covered in the book.
Of special interest to music historians and those interested in jazz is the essay on music from Oklahoma written jointly by the authors. A foreword by Hugh Foley sets the pace for a well-crafted book.
OKLAHOMA MUSIC GUIDE is a fine guide and reference to the roots of music in the state of Oklahoma, and it will fascinate jazz readers with its collection of performers. Highly recommended reading.
This is a fine reference book to have your local Public Library order for its patrons. Topnotch writing from start to finish.For those interested in the jazz roots of Oklahoma, this is a perfect reference guide to a wide range of material! An ideal reference book to have in the home library!