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Bill Russell and the New Orleans Jazz Revival
Ray Smith and Michael Pointon
Wednesday 04 October 2017

Born in 1905, Bill Russell demonstrated varied musical interests from an early age, His significance as a percussion composer is well-known amongst aficionados. His work as a musicologist of New Orleans jazz music is equally acclaimed. He became the first curator of the newly formed Tulane Jazz Archives at New Orleans in 1958. He was a major figure in the development of the revival of interest in the music of that city. This is the first full-length book about Mr. Russell's life to be largely 'in his own words'. The book is based mainly on personal interviews conducted with Russell about the great diversity of his life's work, interspersed with views and anecdotes about him from his friends and associates written especially for the book, together with archival material. These sources are woven together to give a portrait of an extremely talented, modest man who forsook an academic career to become a champion of the music and musicians of New Orleans