JAZZ DANCE by Marshall & Jean Stearns


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Portions of this large volume have appeared in Downbeat, Esquire, Jazz Journal, Keystone Review and various music publications and it is a must for the discotheque, not the ballroom, aficionado. The authors have meticulously traced the origins and the parallels of what is essentially an Afro-American heritage; interviews extend from an aged charmer who was a ""strut gal"" on the master's plantation to commentary on Killer Joe Piro. White America didn't really start to move until the twist reminded them that they had hips but the antecedents of the Monkey, Bug, Frug, Watusi, Hully-Gully, Jerk and Boogaloo were to be found way back in the days when the ""Cake-Walk"" served to mock the minuet and later in Minstrel Dances, Medicine Shows, little Carnivals, ""gilly shows"" and the early Negro touring ensemble, The Jug Top. Out of these came Jelly Roll Morton, Bill Robinson, The Whitman Sisters, Bojangles and John W. Bubbles who moved onto Broadway and the famous Hoofer's Club. Fred Astaire is the major white representative in these pages which do swing with the styles and include a long appendix of notes and films. So truck it on down memory lane, groovin'.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1968
Publisher: Macmillan