Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for best book on Popular Music of 2003, Alfred Appel gives the readers a find journey of reading enjoyment with his JAZZ MODERNISM. This well-illustrated book gives many remarkable insights into cultural history and the influence of jazz. The photographs and text are excellent.
There are four sections to the book. Jazznocracy, Kings of Razz, Pops Art, and Joys For Everyone offer the reader much information and accurate detail.
Some of the topics covered include Louis Armstrong, Herman Autrey, Josephine Baker, Count Basie, Charles-Pierre Baudelaire, Bix Beiderbecke, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Harry James, Eartha Kitt, Paul Klee, Johnny Mercer, Henry Matisse, Jelly Roll Morton, Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, Teddy Wilson, among many others. There is a sense of depth in the writing that makes it shine on every page.
From a cultural history perspective, this is a great and compact book of knowledge. First and foremost is the theme of jazz. JAZZ MODERNISM is a reading experience to savor!A brilliant new way of looking at jazz as seen through sound and art make this nonfiction work an enjoyable reading journey. This fine book shows how jazz fits perfectly into the cultural landscape, and its importance!