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Jazz On The River


229 pgs.
University of Chicago Press

William Howland Kenney brings to life the vibrant history of this music and its seduction of the men and women along America's inland waterways. Here for the first time readers can learn about the lives and music of the levee roustabouts promoting riverboat jazz and their relationships with such early jazz adventurers as Louis Armstrong, Fate Marable, Baby Dodds, and Jess Stacy. Kenney follows the boats from Memphis to St. Louis, where new styles of jazz were soon invented, all the way up the Ohio River, where the music captivated audiences in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh alike.

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