Jazz Modernism: From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Art - 283 pages
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How does the jazz of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker fit into the great tradition of the modern arts between 1920 and 1950? In this text, cultural historian Alfred Appel provides the answer.

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Appel (English, emeritus, Northwestern Univ.) takes the reader on a dizzying spin through the music of Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and (not quite enough of) Duke Ellington, along with a few ... Read full review

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Alfred Appel, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of English at Northwestern University. He is the author of "The Annotated Lolita" (which has been in print since 1970), "Nabokov's Dark Cinema, Signs of Life," and "The Art of Celebration." He has been the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships. Appel lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

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