Bach was trained to be a musician from the time he was a young child. At fifteen he left his brother's home and moved to another town, where he played the violin and organ to support himself in school. When he was eighteen, he became the organist for a church not far outside of his hometown. He left this church at twenty-three and married his cousin Barbara. In 1708, Bach became a court organist in Weimar.
He also tried his hand at art and was very talented but music was truly his love and calling. Gutman’s book takes us from Ellington’s early days in his career around 1919 while he worked as a sign painter by day and was working as a booking agent for his band as well as others and playing with his own band to boot. He highlights the mark he made while playing with the Washingtonians at Barrons to crowds such as Al Jolson and Jimmy Durante. Gutman displays the importance of Duke Ellington in the book in the chapter titled “The Cotton Club” by showcasing the fact he was in demand by another theater in Philadelphia when he was selected to do the gig at the Cotton Club. The stint at the Cotton Club lasted from 1927-1932 and then again in 1937-1938.
Meade “Lux” Lewis has a very interesting story. He wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination an instant success, but rather a byproduct of coincidence. Meade was born on September 4th, 1905 into a musical family in Chicago. Meade’s father pushed him to play the violin. Fortunately, Meade was inspired by boogie-woogie pianist Jimmy Yancey and decided to switch to piano after his father died.
He put together his first band in 1934 and was given a spot at Billy Rose’s new theater restaurant The Music Hall (Stockdale, 1995). Later that year, he auditioned for NBC’s Lets Dance, a popular three-hour radio program that aired weekly and featured popular dance music styles (“Benny Goodman”, 2011). Goodman was given a spot on the show. Needing a new sound, he began purchasing arrangements from composer Fletcher Henderson, an African-American songwriter who had a popular Atlanta band in the early 1930’s. These hot, edgy arrangements combined with Goodman desire for precision in
After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League for two years. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings. In 1931 he married Lydia Cooley, an art student, and the couple had one son Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune before beginning to illustrate books in the 1940s. . This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident; he lost his trumpet.
In “The Soloist,” Steve Lopez claims that a man dressed in rags playing Beethoven seemed to be a great column, but he never expected anything more than just a column. He begins to tell his story about stumbling upon a man whose music caught his attention, a man playing a violin that looked like it’s been picked from a dumpster with only two strings attached playing Beethoven. Steve Lopez introduces himself to the man whose name is Nathaniel Anthony Ayer. Steve thought a homeless man playing classical music would be a great story to write about and asked Nathaniel if he could write a story about him. The column written by Lopez began being read in the newspaper and the column written about Nathaniel leads to a relationship that changes both
Went on to college he kept continuing to study music and attended Julliard to study classical piano, where got a music scholarship. After his graduation, Foxx spent his two years time from 1986 to 1988 studying at the United States International University which currently known as Alliant International University His love to music at last resulted in his first solo album "Peep This" released in 1994 before he in 1999 sang the theme song for his movie, "Any Given Sunday." Music aside, Foxx who was so talented in telling jokes that his teacher at the second grade used him as a reward, had built his career up only by becoming a stand up comedian. He got his first onstage performance in 1989 when a girl friend of his challenged him to do so. And so Foxx went to the Comedy Club and took an 'androgynous' name because he learned that women got preference for mike time on open stage nights.
He describes how brilliant of a student Nathaniel really was, “…Barnoff had never seen a student go months without practice, as Nathaniel sometimes did, then pick up an instrument and get such a great sound out of it” (19). Nathaniel attended Julliard, which is a prestigious art school in New York. Even with a mental illness Nathaniel was taught to play string bass but taught himself how to play the cello and violin. He can pick up, virtually, any instrument and start playing music like nothing. Steve Lopez received instruments from fans of Nathaniel’s story.
The Levy Piano Quintet Although my ears are not exactly trained to interpret and understand classical music like modern music, I still came away impressed, but at the same time somewhat confused by this performance. Kean Hall was packed to capacity, so it was a good thing I had someone buy my ticket in advance. Frank Ezra Levy is a French-born, world-renowned performer and composer. According to the program, to this date he has more than one hundred published works to his credit, including four symphonies. In the first piece, the instruments played are the piano and violin.
He later was kicked at the age of seventeen out of the choir because he’s amazing voice had matured and he could no longer sing the higher notes. He tried everything he could to make a living after this event from composing to free-lance musician. At age twenty-nine Haydn entered the Eszterhaza family (a wealthy aristocrat family). The Eszterhaza family employed Haydn to be their personal composer and write them pieces when they pleased. Haydn spent almost thirty years there.