Monday, 8 March 2010

Jazz Jews - the movie

Well You Tube anyway. This is the book launch. I'm the guy in the blue shirt doing the introduction. When I put this up the counter on You Tube said the introduction had not been viewed, which is a mistake, as of course the man in the blue shirt has viewed it several times:
Clare Shaw is the singer - the canary in jazz parlance. There is still one song from the launch to go up, her arrangement of Strange Fruit, written by the Jewish Abel Meerepol in 1936, and introduced to Billie Holiday in 1939 by the integrated night club owner Barney Josephson, and recorded by Milt Gabler on Commodore in the same year, which history in itself makes some points about jazz Jews and their relationship to the black community.

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