The Resource A call to assembly: : the autobiography of a musical storyteller, Willie Ruff, (electronic resource)

A call to assembly: : the autobiography of a musical storyteller, Willie Ruff, (electronic resource)

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A call to assembly: : the autobiography of a musical storyteller
Title
A call to assembly:
Title remainder
the autobiography of a musical storyteller
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Willie Ruff
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Language
eng
Summary
Music came to Willie Ruff early in his Alabama boyhood. It came from Mrs. Nance, the solo bass drummer of the Sanctified church, whose beat "gave her right arm the churning motion of a set of steam locomotive wheels." It came from singing at the grocery store for candy, and from the chitlin struts: at his home, with young Willie sprinkling cornmeal on the floor to make "gliding" easy for dancing. It came from eavesdropping on the porch ladies, listening to the rhythm of their revelations. It came from the Sheffield School for Colored the day the second grader met a storied Alabama neighbor, W.C. Handy, who played his St. Louis Blues on the trumpet and spoke to the children about "the music of the Negro race." Music and learning ("Can't nobody take nothin from outta your head," said his first mentor, Daddy Long) set the course of Willie Ruff's life. He sopped up music and learning when he joined the army at age fourteen, coming under the influence of various fatherly music masters. While he was an undergraduate at Yale, it was Paul Hindemith's magnetic presence that expanded Willie's musical horizons. Later, playing the French horn with the Lionel Hampton band and forming the "Duo" with his old piano-playing army sidekick, Dwike Mitchell, Willie learned firsthand from powerful influence like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie. And through his years at Yale as a professor of music, the quest for learning never stopped. But music wasn't all. A powerfully recurring theme of A Call to Assembly comes from Willie's curiosity about the black soldier in American history. It began when he was in grade school and witnessed an air show by an all-black squadron of fighter pilots from Tuskegee. Later, in the army, Willie met some of those pilots who had fought over Germany and Italy and risked courts-martial to gain the same rights white officers enjoyed. Willie Ruff's is an exhilarating story, told in a distinctive voice that rings clear and true, smart and funny, and is always moving
Summary
The author recounts his childhood, education and experiences as a jazz musician, shares his memories of Duke Ellington and other fellow performers, and describes his travels around the world
Biography type
autobiography
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217194
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Midwest
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Ruff, Willie
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  • 788.9/4165/092
  • B
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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  • Ruff, Willie
  • Jazz musicians
  • Electronic books
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adult
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the autobiography of a musical storyteller
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A call to assembly: : the autobiography of a musical storyteller, Willie Ruff, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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MWT11742039
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9781624888410
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11742039
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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A call to assembly: : the autobiography of a musical storyteller, Willie Ruff, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11742039
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781624888410
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11742039
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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