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Jazz Italian Style
From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316619476

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  • Jazz Italian Style explores a complex era in music history, when politics and popular culture collided with national identity and technology. When jazz arrived in Italy at the conclusion of World War I, it quickly became part of the local music culture. In Italy, thanks to the gramophone and radio, many Italian listeners paid little attention to a performer's national and ethnic identity. Nick LaRocca (Italian-American), Gorni Kramer (Italian), the Trio Lescano (Jewish-Dutch), and Louis Armstrong (African-American), to name a few, all found equal footing in the Italian soundscape. The book reveals how Italians made jazz their own, and how, by the mid-1930s, a genre of jazz distinguishable from American varieties and supported by Mussolini began to flourish in northern Italy and in its turn influenced Italian-American musicians. Most importantly, the book recovers a lost repertoire and an array of musicians whose stories and performances are compelling and well worth remembering.

    • Offers the first Anglo-American study of Italian jazz, introducing readers to a repertoire of the history of jazz that has largely been unknown outside Italy
    • Discusses jazz in a transnational context, allowing readers to see the influence of technology, economics, culture and immigration practices
    • Provides the first in-depth examination of Italian influences on the development of American popular music, appealing to a wider range of readers with an interest in popular music
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    '… wide-ranging, full of intriguing information, and refreshingly straightforward … the glory of Celenza’s book is the information it offers - subtle illumination of areas of the subject that I was ignorant of, and I am sure my ignorance is not my sole property. And the fruits of her investigation are the substance of this appreciation of her book … I salute this book for adding information to my mental hoard …' Jazz Lives (www.jazzlives.wordpress.com)

    'Celenza’s extensive research on Italian original sources, clear narration, and exhaustive bibliography will be extremely useful and should stimulate further work.' Francesco Martinelli, Italian American Review

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316619476
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 165 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Italians and the origins of jazz
    2. Jazz crosses the Atlantic
    3. Jazz and fascism
    4. Jazz Italian style
    5. A nation divided.

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    Jazz Italian Style

    Anna Harwell Celenza

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    Anna Harwell Celenza, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, Washington DC, where she teaches courses in music history, radio journalism and the music industry. She is the author or editor of several scholarly books, and has published numerous articles on composers and musicians from Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler to Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.

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