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The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age
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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Roli Books
  • ISBN: 9789351941736
  • Edition: 2016
  • Pages: 192
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In 1935, a violinist from Minnesota named Leon Abbey brought the first 'all negro' Jazz band to Bombay, leaving behind a legacy that would last three decades. In a decade, swing would find its way to the streets of India as it influenced Hindi film music—the very soundtrack of Indian life. The optimism of Jazz became an important element in the tunes that echoed the hopes of a newly independent India. This book tells a story of India—and especially of the city of Bombay—through the lives of a menagerie of geniuses, strivers, and eccentrics, both Indian and American, who helped Jazz find a home in the sweaty subcontinent. They include the burly African-American pianist Teddy Weatherford; the Goan trumpet player Frank Fernand, whose epiphanic encounter with Mahatma Gandhi drove him to try to give jazz an Indian voice; Chic Chocolate, who was known as the Louis Armstrong of India; and Anthony Gonsalves, who lent his name to one of the most popular Bollywood tunes ever; and many more.
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