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Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman
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Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Joshua Berrett

Abstract

This book offers a provocative revision of the history of early jazz by focusing on two of its most notable practitioners—Whiteman, legendary in his day, and Armstrong, a legend ever since. Paul Whiteman's fame was unmatched throughout the twenties. Bix Beiderbecke, Bing Crosby, and Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey honed their craft on his bandstand. Celebrated as the “King of Jazz” in 1930 in a Universal Studios feature film, Whiteman's imperium has declined considerably since. The legend of Louis Armstrong, in contrast, grows ever more lustrous: for decades it has been Armstrong, not Whiteman, who has ... More

Keywords: early jazz, Bix Beiderbecke, Bing Crosby, race, commerce, cross-influences, sidemen, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300103847
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300103847.001.0001

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Joshua Berrett, author

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