Download PDF by Todd Decker: Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz

By Todd Decker

Fred Astaire: one of many nice jazz artists of the 20 th century? Astaire is healthier identified for his magnificent dancing within the motion picture musicals of the Nineteen Thirties, yet in Music Makes Me, Todd Decker argues that Astaire’s paintings as a dancer and choreographer —particularly within the realm of faucet dancing—made an important contribution to the artwork of jazz. Decker examines the complete diversity of Astaire’s paintings in filmed and recorded media, from a 1926 recording with George Gershwin to his 1970 blues stylings on tv, and analyzes Astaire’s artistic relationships with the greats, together with George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer. He additionally highlights Astaire’s collaborations with African American musicians and his paintings with lesser identified professionals—arrangers, musicians, dance administrators, and performers.

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