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I don t know anything about jazz, but this book s opening chapter immediately transported me to the Shanghai Conservatory where in 1981 the two African American musicians introduced jazz to the Chinese for the first time The Conservatory audience, steeped in the Western classical music tradition, were reportedly fascinated by the improvisations of jazz At one point in their program, Willie Ruff invited a student to play a Chinese melody, before Dwike Mitchell improvised on it on the piano, and I don t know anything about jazz, but this book s opening chapter immediately transported me to the Shanghai Conservatory where in 1981 the two African American musicians introduced jazz to the Chinese for the first time The Conservatory audience, steeped in the Western classical music tradition, were reportedly fascinated by the improvisations of jazz At one point in their program, Willie Ruff invited a student to play a Chinese melody, before Dwike Mitchell improvised on it on the piano, and Ruff joined in on his string bass For the Chinese students, this moment, according to Zinsser was the ultimate proof because it touched their own heritage that for a jazz improviser no point of departure is alien That is a beautiful idea it makes me want to be the poetic equivalent of a jazz improviser, to take no point of departure as alien.As proof of Zinsser s own cross cultural understanding, he does not end the chapter on the triumph of American music in China Instead, he ends by quoting Mitchell on that Chinese student who played that Chinese melody But, you know, that boy phrased his piece perfectly The minute he started to play I got his emotions I understood exactly what he was feeling, and the rest was easy The notes and the chords just fell into place Another wonderful insight into the process of communication in the arts technique feeling feeling technique.Written in pelluid prose, the book alternates chapters on each musician with chapters of them making music together, a kind of jazz improvisation in its own way After Shanghai, it moves to Dunedin, a small town in Florida, where Mitchell grew up as a poor black boy, and then to Muscle Shoals in Alabama where Ruff grew up The two boys enlisted in the military and found themselves playing together in Lockbourne Air Force Base, near Columbus, Ohio, where they learned their craft as musicians The next chapter moves to Davenport, Iowa, where the Mitchell Ruff Duo embarked on a punishing but typical schedule to play for schools, farming communities and the Rotary Club The chapter illustrates the hunger for the arts in places outside the traditional centers like New York City and New Orleans The arts are brought in by grassroots activity as well as big business patronage.The last two chapters arepersonal and introspective In New York City, where he lives, Mitchell thinks about his work as a teacher and mentor to young men in whom he could see his younger self He speaks naturally of his growing understanding of his father s strict love for him, as he himself grows older Ruff, in Venice, wants to play his French horn in St Mark s Cathedral where Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, uncle and nephew, performed their polychoral compositions in the late 1500s When Ruff finally gets his way, he plays from the Liber Usualis, the book of use, which contains the hymns and chants most used in the Catholic liturgy, and colored by the music of the Byzantine church The Book of Use is a perfect way to describe a living artistic tradition Reading it with my seniors Then seeing them in concert on April 15 Very excited. (E-pub) ⚣ Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz à Highly recommended Library Journal In this account of the world adventures of two splendid jazz artists, Bill Zinsser has given us one of the most exciting books about America s original art form that I ve ever read It s a revelation Studs TerkelSince , Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff have been playing, teaching, and sharing jazz around the US and around the world William Zinsser, one of our finest chroniclers of American life, tells their story as he travels with the duo to China, to Davenport, Iowa, to New York City, and with Willie Ruff to St Mark s Basilica in Venice, where Ruff journeys back to the roots of Western music in order to understand jazz s musical legacyZinsser also accompanies Mitchell and Ruff as they visit their hometowns in Florida and Alabama We listen as the two men tell of growing up in small towns in the American South of the s and s as they tell about the teachers, community leaders, and family members who believed in two young black men with talent but no formal musical training as they tell of their struggles, their perseverance, and their ultimate successJazz is indeed a uniquely American musical tradition, and there are no better guides to this inspiring art than Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff This is a thoughtful, adept, and satisfyingly unusual book of reportage Though its contents are entirely factual, it concerns lives that give the sense of being but fatefully, imaginatively, arranged, and it constantly suggests improvisation that is, something created during the process of delivery, as Mr Ruff explains the term to the Chinese He also tells them improvisation is the lifeblood of jazz William Zinsser s book reminds us that improvisation is the lifeblood of life, too This book is also about difficult passages that end in victorious arrival Mitchell Ruff is a deservedly happy book New York Times Book Review A highly infectious, Studs Terkel like chronicle about the unorthodox development of two distinguished musicians Publishers Weekly Jazz came to China for the first time on the afternoon of June when the American bassist and French horn player Willie Ruff introduced himself and his partner, the pianist Dwike Mitchell, to several hundred students and professors who were crowded into a large room at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Probably they were not surprised to find that the two musicians were black What they undoubtedly didn t expect was that Ruff would talk to them in Chinese from Chapter , Shanghai William Zinsser is a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer he began his career on the New York Herald Tribune inand is also a teacher, best known for his book On Writing Well, a companion held in affection by three generations of writers, reporters, editors, teachers, and students Hisother books range from memoir Writing Places to travel American Places , jazz Mitchell Ruff , American popular song Easy to Remember , baseball Spring Training and the craft of writing Writing to Learn During the s he was at Yale University, where he was master of Branford College and taught the influential nonfiction workshop that would start many writers and editors on their careers He has taught at the New School, in New York, his hometown, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of JournalismAlbert Murray is a cultural critic, biographer, essayist, and novelist He has taught at several colleges, including Colgate, Barnard, and Tuskegee Mr Murray s works include The Omni Americans, South to a Very Old Place, Train Whistle Guitar, The Blue Devils of Nada, and The Seven League Boots The Impostor Bill Zinsser has given us one of the most exciting books about America s original art form that I ve ever read It s a revelation Studs TerkelSince Purity of Blood (Adventures of Captain Alatriste, Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff have been playing Malditos roedores (Serie Perrock Holmes 8) teaching Leyendas urbanas and sharing jazz around the US and around the world William Zinsser Imitación de Guatemala one of our finest chroniclers of American life O Ocaso (A Estirpe, tells their story as he travels with the duo to China Una herencia misteriosa / Property of a Noblewoman to Davenport Ignacio de Loyola Iowa Yrigoyen to New York City Que Se Le Puede Pedir a la Vida? 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