Where Did Cannonball Adderley Come From: Origin and Influences
Cannonball was born in Tampa, Florida. His given name was Julian Edwin Adderley. He was inspired by many great artists including the likes of Benny Carter. Although, it could be said that his main influence was his father who, along with Julian’s mother, taught at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University or FAMU. From 1944 to 1948 he would attend the same school his parents taught at, FAMU, to study music. After finishing there he would stay in Florida to become a band director at a local high-school. He had stayed true to his origin and developed skills to become one of the best while at it, he was a neighborhood legend.
Social Implications and Commodification
Adderley was a black man on a role, through periods of unsuccessfulness, different music groups, and different music styles he persevered, making his return plentiful. His articulation and that “intelligent presentation” I mentioned earlier would allow for all audiences, black and white to understand and love him, therefore his crowds and his money grew larger while bringing different groups of people together. The effect he had on America socially is also demonstrated by his ability to be on many jazz programs and have residencies at just as many universities. There is little record of actual accounts of the money he bought in for himself and any record labels he produced under but it is thought to be plentiful.
I like Cannonball’s story, I think it makes him one of the most lovable jazz artists. Audiences, then and now have the ability to connect with him at many different points whether it be through his background at an HBCU, his being nicknamed at a young age, or the fact that he’s had ups and downs in his career. And if those points weren’t enough, there are many more. My point is, yes his music is amazing, but what makes him different is the fact that one can view him as a person. He is the audience’s best friend yet he is still the Cannonball Adderley.