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How the Birmingham Jazz Tradition Shaped the Sound of America - Book Signing & Talk by author, Burgin Mathews
Magic City – How the Birmingham Jazz Tradition Shaped the Sound of America, was a book twelve years in the making by local Birmingham author and digital music collector, Burgin Mathews.
“Magic City is the story of one of American music’s essential unsung places: Birmingham, Alabama, birthplace of a distinctive and influential jazz heritage. In a telling replete with colorful characters, iconic artists, and unheralded masters, Burgin Mathews reveals how Birmingham was the cradle and training ground for such luminaries as big band leader Erskine Hawkins, cosmic outsider Sun Ra, and a long list of sidemen, soloists, and arrangers. He also celebrates the contributions of local ... view more »
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