Book Reviews teaser: Fashion and Jazz

Book Reviews is on unexpected hiatus this month, but here is a glimpse of what to expect next month.

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell described well the challenges in choosing, locating, and paying for images in her Worn Through guest post on publishing in February. When reading through or perusing a book, I often wonder how many images an author, with a heavy heart, had to leave out of the finished publication for one reason or another.  This must have been the case for Alphonso McClendon for his book, Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation. Thankfully there’s the internet, and many images that McClendon describes but does not illustrate can be found online. While reading through Fashion and Jazz, be prepared to have a laptop nearby to look up album covers, or attempt to find images of, say, Dinah Washington at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 or Billie Holiday exiting jail following narcotics charges in 1956.

I will have a full review of Fashion and Jazz next month, but in the meantime enjoy an ebullient but cool Dizzie Gillespie conducting an orchestra in his inimitable style in the 1947 film, Jivin’ in Bebop.  The entire film is posted on Youtube, and if you so desire, you can hear some hepcat repartee, see some pretty impressive jitterbugging and Lindy hopping, watch/hear Gillespie’s band performing Salt Peanuts, A Night in Tunisia, and Orinthology, and singer Helen Humes interpreting two tunes with the band, as well as view a few performances by exotic dancer Sahji.

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