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Always Out of Sight, Just Below the Surface: Steve Davis and the Problems of Researching Jazz Musicians

Always Out of Sight, Just Below the Surface: Steve Davis and the Problems of Researching Jazz Musicians

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Title: Always Out of Sight, Just Below the Surface: Steve Davis and the Problems of Researching Jazz Musicians
Author: Dimech, Joseph R.
Abstract: This thesis has two goals, documenting the life of the jazz bassist Steve Davis, who is remembered for being the bassist in John Coltranes 1960 quartet and his appearances on the albums My Favorite Things, Coltrane Plays The Blues, and Coltranes Sound, as well as exploring the difficulties inherent in researching obscure jazz figures such as Steve Davis.
Using Davis life as a case study, this thesis will examine the difficulties in conducting genealogical research on an African-American figure; the coverage of jazz in the Philadelphia black press throughout the late 1940s and 1950s; the coverage of lesser known figures in jazz magazines such as Down Beat and Coda throughout the 1960s; and the challenges of researching the jazz scene in a smaller city such as Rochester, New York during the 1970s. This thesis will also provide new insights into the Coltrane Quartet from the perspective of Steve Davis.
Subject: Black history
Keywords: John Coltrane
Steve Davis
Khadijah Davis
Naima Coltrane
McCoy Tyner
Jimmy Oliver
Freddy Cole
Freddie McCoy
James Moody
Lee Morgan
Clifford Brown
Eddie Jefferson
Rudy Lawless
Grachan Moncur III
Philadelphia
Rochester
Kenny Baron
Red Garland
Philly Joe Jones
Joe Henderson
Wayne Shorter
Gap Mangione
Danny D'Imperio
Andy Calabrese
Joe Locke
Steve Curry
Steve Kuhn
Harry "Sweets" Edison
Sonny Stitt
Lester Young
Chuck Mangione
Sal Nistico
Reggie Workman
Paul Chambers
Jimmy Garrison
Philadelphia Afro-American
Philadelphia Tribune
Coda
Down Beat
Joe Sewell
Jimmy Hinsley
James "Sax" Young
AFM 274
Big Maybelle
Jimmy Heath
Les DeMerle
Billy Williams
John "Spider" Martin
Coltrane Plays The Blues
My Favorite Things
Coltrane's Sound
Kenny Dorham
Howard McGhee
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33487
Supervisor: Bliek, Rob van der
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Music
Exam date: 2017-01-11
Publish on: 2017-07-27

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