Florence Mills: Harlem Jazz Queen (Google eBook)

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 327 pages
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"Bill Egan shows that, in addition to being a great artist, Mills was also a remarkable human being, with a keen intelligence and strong social conscience that led her to be a spokesperson for the rights and aspirations of her fellow black Americans. This book documents their fervent admiration and regard for her, as well as her status as an icon of the "bright young people" in 1920s London." "Harlem Jazz Queen explores the important but little-known associations between Florence Mills and the early world of jazz and ragtime, as well as her innovative influence on important aspects of jazz singing. It documents her connections with Duke Ellington, who dedicated his outstanding composition "Black Beauty" to her. Finally, the book examines her association with classical music through composers William Grant Still and Constant Lambert."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

Young Florence
1
Out in the World
21
The Rocky Road to Fame
43
Shufflin to the Top
59
Transatlantic Star
77
Dixie Dreams
99
The Great White Way
119
A Blackbird Takes Wing
139
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
211
Bye Bye Blackbird
225
Florence Mills A Reappraisal
243
Black Beauty
279
Other Commemorative Items
289
Bibliography
299
Index
307
About the Author
327

Looking for a Bluebird in Europe
159
Black Birds of 1927
189

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Page xvi - Maya Angelou: Image making is very important for every human being. It is especially important for black American women in that we are, by being black, a minority in the United States, and by being female, the less powerful of the genders. So, we have two areas we must address.
Page xvii - So, we have two areas we must address. If we look out of our eyes at the immediate world around us, we see whites and males in dominant roles. We need to see our mothers, aunts, our sisters, and grandmothers. We need to see Frances Harper, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, women of our heritage.
Page 6 - The peerless child artist who has appeared before the most exclusive set in Washington, delighting them with her songs and dances, is appearing this week at the Empire Theatre with The Sons of Ham Company No. 2. An extra attraction is Baby Florence Mills singing "Hannah from Savannah.

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About the author (2004)

\Bill Egan is an Irish-born citizen of Australia and has pursued a lifelong interest in jazz and African American culture.