Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz
Publisher: Yale University Press | ISBN 10: 0300103840 | 2004 | PDF | 256 pages | 10.3 MB
A dual biography of two great innovators in the history of jazz. One was black, one was white—one is now legendary, the other nearly forgotten. In Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman the jazz scholar Joshua Berrett offers a provocative revision of the history of early jazz by focusing on two of its most notable practitioners—Whiteman, legendary in his day, and Armstrong, a legend ever since.Paul Whiteman’s fame was unmatched throughout the twenties. Bix Beiderbecke, Bing Crosby, and Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey honed their craft on his bandstand. Celebrated as the “King of Jazz” in 1930 in a Universal Studios feature film, Whiteman’s imperium has declined considerably since.