“The book is one of the most freshly original and delightfully imaginative works of art about jazz music that have appeared in a long time.”
— All About Jazz
A visual history like no other, this award-winning book brings you the golden age of New York jazz. Designed, illustrated, and edited by Robert Nippoldt with texts by Hans-Jürgen Schaal, the collection features Nippoldt’s superb illustrations of jazz scenes and protagonists alongside vivid facts and amusing anecdotes to create one stunning portrait of the sound that changed America.
Hardcover, 21.6 x 34 cm, 1.30 kg, 224 pages
Swinging Gotham - Big city, big bands: New York’s jazz scene of the 1920s
It’s the Roaring Twenties, and New York is aflame with jazz fever. Crowds flock to the nightclubs and dance halls in Harlem to see the likes of Louis Armstrong with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra playing at the Kentucky Club, or Duke Ellington at the Roseland Ballroom or the world-famous Cotton Club.
Designed, illustrated, and edited by Robert Nippoldt, this award-winning book pays homage to this exceptional era, via an entertaining blend of illustrations, facts, and amusing anecdotes presenting 24 leading lights of New York’s jazz scene in the 1920s. The texts, contributed by Hans-Jürgen Schaal, give a vivid account of the club scene and the “band battles,” as well as the legendary recording sessions. A splendid read, a groovy soundtrack—and not strictly for jazz fans only!
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