Journals Higher Education

$45.00

Hardcover

13 January 2005

352 Pages | 22 halftones, 122 music examples

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195090222


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The Uncrowned King of Swing

Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz

Jeffrey Magee

Drawing on an unprecedented combination of sources, including sound recordings and hundreds of scores that have been available only since Goodman's death, Magee illuminates Henderson's musical output, from his early work as a New York bandleader, to his pivotal role in building the Kingdom of Swing. He shows how Henderson, standing at the forefront of the New York jazz scene during the 1920s and '30s, assembled the era's best musicians, simultaneously preserving jazz's distinctiveness and performing popular dance music that reached a wide audience. Magee reveals how Henderson's style rose out of collaborations with many key players.

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