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52nd St. - The Street of Jazz by Arnold Shaw


378 pgs.
Da Capo Press, Publ.

Back in the thirties and forties, when New York City was the capital of the jazz world, everybody knew that 52nd Street was "The Street That Never Slept". Hot jazz was born and raised on the Street, as were the big swing bands and the modern "cool" jazz combos. Musicians like Erroll Garner, Jack Teagarden, Coleman Hawkins, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Charlie "Bird" Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughn, the Dorsey Brothers, Artie Shaw and many other jazz greats played there. Arnold Shaw was there, too, as musician, composer, PR man and just plain listener. He recreates the three swinging decades that were the history of the Street.

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