Music Makes Me

Todd Decker

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268883
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950061 | DOI:
Music Makes Me

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Fred Astaire: one of the great jazz artists of the twentieth century? Astaire is best known for his brilliant dancing in the movie musicals of the 1930s, but this book argues that his work as a dancer and choreographer—particularly in the realm of tap dancing—made a significant contribution to the art of jazz. It examines the full range of Astaire's work in filmed and recorded media, from a 1926 recording with George Gershwin to his 1970 blues stylings on television, and also analyzes Astaire's creative relationships with the greats, including George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer. Finally, the book higlights Astaire's collaborations with African American musicians and his work with lesser-known professionals: arrangers, musicians, dance directors, and performers.

Keywords: movie musicals; tap dancing; George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin; Irving Berlin; Jerome Kern; Johnny Mercer; African American musicians; Fred Astaire

Book.  392 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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