Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties by Hans-Jurgen Schaal

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If what you want is a book that is in itself a work of art, this is the book for you. If you want a comprehensive history of jazz in the New York Roaring Twenties, you may be disappointed.
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Swinging Gotham Big City, big bands: New York’s jazz scene of the 1920s   It’s the Roaring Twenties, and New York is exploding 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, complete with a CD containing some of their best tunes. 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 CD—and not strictly for jazz fans only!
  International Book Award, 2014, Los Angeles International Design Award, 2014, Los Angeles Joseph Binder Award, 2014, Vienna D&AD Award, 2014, London Good Design Award, 2014, Chicago A’ Design Award, 2014, Como / Italy Best American Infographic, 2014, New York
Awards for the original German edition: European Design Award, 2008, Stockholm Institute for Book Arts: “The Most Beautiful Book of Germany” 2008, Frankfurt Illustrative: “One of the Most Beautiful Books of Europe” 2007, Berlin
 

About Hans-Jurgen Schaal

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The illustrator:Robert Nippoldt is a German graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. He is best known for his award-winning trilogy Gangster, Jazz & Hollywood on Amercia in the 1920s and 1930s. His studio is located at the very hip old depot of Muenster.The author:Hans-Jürgen Schaal, born in 1958, studied German philology, sociology, and dramatics. Since 1980 he has worked as a freelance music journalist for various magazines, and since 1992 for the musiclabel Enja Records. He has published numerous books about jazz and is editor for the magazine Jazz thing & Blue Rhythm.
 
Published June 1, 2013 by Taschen. 144 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jun 07 2013

If what you want is a book that is in itself a work of art, this is the book for you. If you want a comprehensive history of jazz in the New York Roaring Twenties, you may be disappointed.

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