Sounding Real: Musicality and American Fiction… by Cristina L. Ruotolo (2013)

For those familiar with the work of author Ruotolo, this book comes with little surprise. Her article on James Weldon Johnson in 2000 already headed in this direction and was remarkable Continue reading

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Obituary. Author Albert Murray dies at age 97

One of the most influential American writers on blues and jazz culture, Albert Murray (*12 May 1916) of Alabama, died on August 18 in his Harlem home. He is survived by his wife Mozelle and their daughter Michele.

He was a close friend of author Ralph Ellison, who wrote Continue reading

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Hip Hop’s Amnesia by Reiland Rabaka (2012)

Considering the many aspects of hip hop music, Reiland Rabaka’s approach to the social, musical and most of all the political past of the style(s) is quite an enterprise. Even more so, if we consider Continue reading

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Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties by Robert Nippoldt, Hans-Juergen Schaal (2013)

This fine cooperation of writer Hans-Juergen Schaal and illustrator Robert Nippoldt is devoted to the beginnings of Jazz in the city, with emphasis on New Orleans, Chicago and as the title already Continue reading

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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 by Christopher Wilkinson (2012)

Whenever the state of West Virginia is mentioned in an article on music, chances are good that the state is associated with certain forms of ‘white’ music such Continue reading

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Berlin: Lecture on Jazz, Dance, Ragtime and Cakewalk

Dr. Bernd Hoffmann of the WDR will hold a guest lecture at „Theaterwissenschaftliches Institut“ (Department of Drama and Theatre) of the FU Berlin this week.
On Friday, June 21, he will be Continue reading

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Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke: At the Roots of the Racial Divide by Bryan Crable (2012)

Ralph Ellison, one of the greatest American authors and of particular interest to fans of blues and jazz, often stated his indebtedness to the theories and sometimes the conclusions to his contemporary, Continue reading

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The Ballad Collectors of North America by Scott B. Spencer (ed.) (2012)

The 1960s were a decade of massive change, no matter what subject we pick, be it Civil Rights, the arts, medicine, the conquest of space or what have you. Some of the most compelling changes took place in popular culture, particularly where music was Continue reading

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Ragged But Right: Black Traveling Shows, “Coon Songs,” and the… by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff (2012)

For several decades, a very distinctive form of African American minstrel show was the most popular form of entertainment for black audiences in the South, its fame covering almost the entire country by and by. The beginnings of this art form Continue reading

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Jazz Journalists Association announces 2013 ‘Jazz Heroes’ nominees

The New York based Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) just announced the 2013 “Jazz Hero” nominees. The chosen few are usually “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who Continue reading

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