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The Dark TreeJazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles$
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Steve Isoardi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245914

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245914.001.0001

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Ballad for Samuel

Ballad for Samuel

The Legacy of Central Avenue and the 1950s Avant-Garde in Los Angeles

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(p.18) 2 Ballad for Samuel
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The Dark Tree
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Steven L. Isoardi

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245914.003.0002

This chapter examines the status of avant-garde African American music in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s and the legacy of Central Avenue. It discusses the efforts of Jefferson High School music teacher Samuel R. Browne to incorporate new trends in African American music and create a big-band class. Browne's Jazz Band class included writing, arranging, and performing, as well as occasional visits by musicians from Central Avenue.

Keywords:   African American music, Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Samuel R. Browne, big-band class, jazz

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