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Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195098228
eISBN:
9780199869817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter re-examines the circumstances and events leading up to Paul Whiteman's celebrated historic Aeolian Hall “Experiment in Modern Music”, at which was premiered Gershwin's seminal jazz ... More


Crossing Over with George Gershwin, Paul Whiteman, and the Modernists

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195058499
eISBN:
9780199865031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058499.003.0021
Subject:
Music, History, American

On February 12, 1924, Rhapsody in Blue, composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937), premiered at Aeolian Hall in New York City. Soon a group of other composers joined him in a brief but intense movement ... More


Uneasy Lies the Head

Joshua Berrett

in Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter notes the rise in fame of both Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong, noting how the title of “King of Jazz” affected their careers, how Whiteman was dethroned in 1949 by Louise Armstrong as ... More


Shared Memory

Joshua Berrett

in Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the memory that the cultures surrounding jazz music creates. Though these two kings of jazz, Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong, were sovereign in their respective kingdoms, ... More


Beginnings

Joshua Berrett

in Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the life of Paul Whiteman, beginning with Wilberforce Whiteman's disgust for his son's “laziness” and the eventual departure of Paul from his home in Denver, and his move to ... More


Civilization on Trial

Joshua Berrett

in Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at Paul Whiteman's success in Atlantic City, and Louis Armstrong's landing of a part in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band as second cornet. It notes that for all the dynamic modernism ... More


Hollywood, Revued

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Another distinctive trend was the all-star revue film, as produced by most of the major studios. Each would serve as a guidepost to its company's reigning aesthetic as it addressed the new world of ... More


Some Liked it Hot

Joshua Berrett

in Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter considers Louis Armstrong's association with Lil Hardin's band, after his split from Fletcher Henderson's band. His next four years in Chicago were to be spent composing a body of work ... More


The Rhapsody in Blue (1924)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, American

About the time that Sweet Little Devil went into rehearsal, Gershwin started work on a composition—the Rhapsody in Blue—for Paul Whiteman and his Palais Royal Orchestra, a piece which became an ... More


“Whiteman Judges Named: Committee Will Decide ‘What Is American Music’” (1924)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the first mention of George Gershwin's most well-known concert work titled Rhapsody in Blue. It states that the report in the January 1924 issue of the New York Tribune titled ... More


“Paul Whiteman Gives ‘Vivid’ Grand Opera; Jazz Rhythms of Gershwin’s ‘135th Street’”(1925)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of an article about the success of the revival of George Gershwin's one-act jazz opera Blue Monday, which was published in the December 30, 1925, issue of the New York ... More


Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Joshua Berrett

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

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 ... More


Out Chorus

Joshua Berrett

in Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on how both Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong affected the culture of America after the war, during the rush of modernism. It talks about how Armstrong, for one, helped shape ... More


Introduction

Joshua Berrett

in Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman: Two Kings of Jazz

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103847
eISBN:
9780300127478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter begins with the answer to the elusive question of: what is jazz? Duke Ellington, in 1969, once said that jazz could mean—if it means anything at all—what it had once meant to musicians ... More


Paul Whiteman and Mary Margaret McBride: “An Experiment” (1926)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents an excerpt from Paul Whiteman's autobiography titled Paul Whiteman and Mary Margaret McBride about the premiere of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in his concert at the ... More


Face the Music (and Dance): The Gramophone and the Voice of Broadway

Laurence Maslon

in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199832538
eISBN:
9780190620424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The technological advance of the gramophone allowed consumers to hear the performers of Broadway in their living rooms. But the tunes from the Great White Way were more persuasive than the impulse to ... More


Precedents: Jazz Concerts and Audiences

Catherine Tackley

in Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195398304
eISBN:
9780190268077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195398304.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter recounts the history of several jazz concerts and audiences that took precedence before Benny Goodman’s 1938 concert in Carnegie Hall, which was the primary concert venue in New York ... More


Program

Catherine Tackley

in Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195398304
eISBN:
9780190268077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195398304.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

Music critic Irving Kolodin was tasked to produce the program notes for the Carnegie Hall concert. Kolodin balanced the distinctive elements of swing with quasi-analytical descriptions of each piece ... More


Re-Creation

Catherine Tackley

in Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195398304
eISBN:
9780190268077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195398304.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

The Carnegie Hall further established its position as a venue for popular music performance following Goodman’s concert, as evidenced by the subsequent performances of W. C. Handy, Paul Whiteman, and ... More


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