Harlem Jazz Adventures: A European Baron's Memoir, 1934-1969

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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Timme Rosenkrantz (1911-1969) was a Danish journalist, author, concert and record producer, radio show host, and entrepreneur with a consuming passion for jazz and little head for business. Known in Denmark and New York as the "Jazz Baron" because of his noble lineage, he was the first European journalist to cover the jazz scene in Harlem. Harlem Jazz Adventures: A European Baron's Memoir, 1934-1969 recounts Rosenkrantz's happy years in New York City, where he would produce jazz concerts, record top musicians and bands in his midtown apartment, organize a "dream band" for Timme Rosenkrantz and His Barrelhouse Barons, a 1938 RCA Victor recording, (DL) live in Harlem and run a record shop with his life companion, journalist and singer Inez Cavanaugh. A good friend of jazz impresario John Hammond, Rosenkrantz would become the James Boswell of the Harlem jazz scene. Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday--there wasn't a New York jazz musician unknown to "Honeysuckle Rosenkrantz," as christened by Fats Waller. Drawing on the published Danish-language original Dus med Jazzen, and an unpublished English free translation (DL) by Rosenkrantz and Cavanaugh, translator-adapter Fradley Hamilton Garner gives polish and context to Rosenkrantz's stories of meetings with Cecile and Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Eddie Condon, Erroll Garner--whom Rosenkrantz discovered and was first to record--and many others. This book is a must-have for jazz lovers. Social historians interested in the intersection of race and the music business will find in Rosenkrantz's memoir an invaluable primary source on Harlem's social scene and its musical legacy.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Get Off at 125th Street and God Be with You
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Chapter 2 Don Redman Sparks the Apollo John Hammond Offers a Tour
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Chapter 3 Stompin at the Savoy to Mighty Chick Webb
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Chapter 4 Take Off Those Shades We Know Who You Are
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Chapter 5 Scat Master Leo Watson Zaps It with Zooot
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Chapter 6 From Met Opera to Empire Ballroomand Benny Carter
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Chapter 7 At the Shim Sham a Date with Young Billie Holiday
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Chapter 8 Jake Vandermeulen Loses Everything but His Shorts
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Chapter 22 Turning Off the Lights at MelODee Music Shop
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Chapter 23 A Danish Nobel Laureate Digs Harlem by Night
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Chapter 24 Eddie Condon and That Good Ol Nicksieland
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Chapter 25 There Is Just One King and He Is the Duke
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Chapter 26 Here Lived Diamond Jim Brady and Jazz Baron Rosenkrantz
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Chapter 27 The Stupendous Stuff of Jazz Leroy Gordon Hezekiah Smith
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Chapter 28 Discovering Befriending Recording Erroll Garner
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Chapter 29 A Great Big Fat White Christmas 44
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Chapter 9 At Beefsteak Charlies Theres Adrian Rollini
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Chapter 10 Who Said Danish Baron? Why Hes Just a Gigolo
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Chapter 11 My Technique Terrifies Me Says Willie The Lion Smith
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Chapter 12 Art Tatum Is Down at Basement Browns
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Chapter 13 To Fats Waller with Love Honeysuckle Rosenkrantz
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Chapter 14 Mezz Mezzrow Puts Timme on a Little Pink Cloud
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Josh Billingss Greenwich Village Gig
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Chapter 16 At Timmes Farewell Party Fats Waller Takes a Bath
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Part II 19361969
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Chapter 17 Checking Out Harlems Other Halls of Pleasure
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Chapter 18 Voutie Slim and Slam Wow Inez Cavanaugh
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Chapter 19 Plugging a Tune to W C Handy Cutting a Record for RCA Victor
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Chapter 20 Louis Armstrong KickStarts the MelODee Music Shop
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Chapter 21 Harry Father White Jitter Bugs and Bill Colemans Band
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Chapter 30 Timmes Recording Service and Threatened Jazz Concert
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Chapter 31 Zeb Julians Dream and Claude Thornhills Joke
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Chapter 32 Bud Powell Plays Not Being There
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Chapter 33 Jam Sessions Outlawed? Come to Café Bohemia
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Chapter 34 Tatum Leads a Black Sheep into Piano Battle at Rubens
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Chapter 35 A Last Record Session and Tour of Haunts
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The Picasso of Jazz
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The Song Has Ended but the Melody Lingers On
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Resources
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Discography
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Discography Song Index
271
Discography Musician Index
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General Index
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Timme Rosenkrantz (1911-1969) was a Danish journalist, author, concert and record producer, broadcaster and entrepreneur. He was the first European journalist to cover the jazz scene in New York's Harlem, from 1934 to 1969. Learn even more about Timme Rosenkrantz at the following website, www.jazzbaron.com.

Translator and editor Fradley Hamilton Garner is International Editor and columnist for Jersey Jazz, a monthly journal of the New Jersey Jazz Society. He's also a columnist for the online AllAboutJazz.com.


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