JAZZ AND THE GERMANS is a topnotch look at how American Jazz influenced Germany during the 20th Century. Such scholars as Alan Lareau, Frank Tirro, E. Douglas Bomberger, Dane Heuchemer, Kathryn Smith Bowers, David Snowball, Joachim Lucchesi, Carlo Bohlander, and Heinz Werner Zimmerman have contributed essays to this remarkable book.
Each essay will be enjoyable reading for the jazz reading audience. David Snowballs fine article "Controlling Degenerate Music: Jazz in the Third Reich" and Heinz Werner Zimmermann's "The Influence of American Music on a German Composer" are among the many fine essays.
The worklist and discography provided by Heinz Werner Zimmerman are useful tools for further research. An index accompanies the text. Illustrations of sheet music are also provided.
JAZZ AND THE GERMANS will have a wide appeal with its excellent writing. Of special interest are the articles "European Perceptions of Ragtime: Hindemith and Stravinsky" by E. Douglas Bomberger and "Jonny's Jazz: From Kabarett to Krenek" by Alan Lareau.'An indepth look at the influence of American Jazz on Germany makes for entertaining reading in this collection of essays.