By Joe Evans
Detailing the attention-grabbing profession of Joe Evans, Follow Your Heart chronicles the approximately thirty years that he spent immersed in a single of the main fascinating occasions in African American track background. An alto saxophonist who among 1939 and 1965 played with a few of America's maximum musicians, together with Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Jay McShann, Andy Kirk, Billie vacation, invoice "Bojangles" Robinson, Lionel Hampton, and Ivory Joe Hunter, Evans warmly recounts his wide variety of expertise within the tune undefined. Readers persist with Evans from Pensacola, Florida, the place he first discovered to play, to such unique locations as Tel Aviv and Paris, which he visited whereas on journey with Lionel Hampton. Evans additionally reviews on renowned big apple urban venues used for shaping and generating black track, comparable to the Apollo Theater, the Savoy, Minton's Playhouse, and the Rhythm Club.
Revealing Evans as a grasp storyteller, Follow Your Heart describes his stints as a track govt, entrepreneur, and musician. Evans offers wealthy descriptions of jazz, swing, and rhythm and blues tradition through highlighting his reviews selling tracks to radio deejays below Ray Charles's Tangerine label and later writing, arranging, and generating hits for the Manhattans and the Pretenders. top quite a few musical ventures that incorporated a publishing corporation and several other labels--Cee Jay files (with Jack Rags), Revival, and Carnival Records--Evans remained energetic within the song even after he stopped acting on a regular basis. As one of many few who loved luck as either performer and entrepreneur, he bargains worthy perception into race kinfolk in the undefined, the improvement of African American track and society from the Twenties to Nineteen Seventies, and the song scene of the era.
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You ain’t think nothin’. You ain’t even stop wettin’ the bed yet. ” Bobby, my regular partner, and I moved straight to the corner and then made our way outside. ” “Don’t pay it no mind, Joe,” he said. ” Shep never treated us like that. Traveling with a territory band was a hassle, but worth it for the sheer excitement. One night we had a date in Meridian, Mississippi, and Jo32 “ m a” r a i n e y ’s d e e p s o u t h . 33 seph “King” Oliver was also playing in town. He was famous for his brass mutes and had a much bigger name band.
2 9 Besides music, I had only one interest at Washington High, a girl named Taudry B. Aaron. She was from a strict family that lived on the other side of town. Taudry’s father was rough and not easy to deal with. Mr. Aaron walked with a limp and was known to deal harshly with anyone who acted inappropriately with his daughters. He worked just a block away from their house. At first, we did things like go to church and to an occasional movie, or to the ice cream parlor. If she managed to sneak off, we’d meet at the nearby swings.
Even before I began to study with Shep, I had heard the band play over the airwaves. ” Robert “Snookie” Willis, a tenor saxophonist and a student of Shep’s, played with the band. He was the youngest member of the group at the time. I thought how nice it must have been to be that young and able to play and associate with all of those grown musicians. During those days you seldom saw young people our age playing with professional musicians. Shep was eleven years older than me. For a few years he had attended Fisk University in Nashville, then dropped out, not because of academic reasons, but for financial ones.
Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues by Joe Evans