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JUN 27, 2013 - New Statesman

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Jazz: the transformation from subversive expression to mainstream entertainment

Sarah Churchwell reviews Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties by Robert Nippoldt and Hans-Jürgen Schaal.Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties Robert Nippoldt, Hans-Jürgen Schaal Taschen, 144pp, £34.99 In February 1924, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra debuted a symphony in jazz at the Aeolian Hall in New York City by a young composer named George Gershwin. The piece was called Rhapsody in Blue and was an instant triumph. At some point over the next two months, F Scott Fitzgerald seems to have heard it (he was a regular at the Palais Royal, where Whiteman headlined) and it made ... Read More

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