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Adrian Rollini

The Life and Music of a Jazz Rambler

Ate van Delden (author)

ISBN: 9781496825162

Publication Date: Dec 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Adrian Rollini, an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, played the bass saxophone, piano, vibraphone, and an array of other instruments. This book draws on oral history, vintage articles, and family archives to trace Rollini's life, from his family's arrival in the US to his development and career as a musician, to his retirement and death.
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Adrian Rollini (1903–1956), an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, played the bass saxophone, piano, vibraphone, and an array of other instruments. He even introduced some, such as the harmonica-like cuesnophone, called Goofus, never before wielded in jazz. Adrian Rollini: The Life and Music of a Jazz Rambler draws on oral history, countless vintage articles, and family archives to trace Rollini's life, from his family's arrival in the US to his development and career as a musician and to his retirement and death.

A child prodigy, Rollini was playing the piano in public at the age of five. At sixteen in New York he was recording pianola rolls when his peers recognized his talent and asked him to play xylophone and piano in a new band, the California Ramblers. When he decided to play a relatively new instrument, the bass saxophone, the Ramblers made their mark on jazz forever. Rollini became the man who gave this instrument its place. Yet he did not limit himself to playing bass parts–he became the California Ramblers' major soloist and created the studio and public sound of the band.

In 1927 Rollini led a new band that included such jazz greats as Bix Beiderbecke and Frank Trumbauer. During the Depression years, he was back in New York playing with several bands including his own New California Ramblers. In the 1940s, Rollini purchased a property on Key Largo. He rarely performed again for the public but hosted rollicking jam sessions at his fishing lodge with some of the best nationally known and local players. After a car wreck and an unfortunate hospitalization, Rollini passed away at age fifty-three.

Illustrations 102 black & white illustrations
Pages 480
Dimensions 235 x 156
Date Published 30 Dec 2019
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Series American Made Music Series
Subject/s Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups   Theory of music & musicology   Jazz   Music reviews & criticism  
Ate van Delden is a music scholar whose writing has appeared in such publications as Doctor Jazz and Vintage Jazz Mart. He is a board member of the Doctor Jazz Foundation, a Dutch organization for the promotion of classic jazz.

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