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Gonzo jazz critic chronicles rich jazz scene

Aug 4, 2010
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Nat Hentoff was only 11 years old when he became transfixed by jazz. Hentoff walked past a record store in 1936 and heard Artie Shaw’s song “Nightmare” playing. That transformative moment was the beginning of a lifetime chronicling jazz and his relationships with its makers – from giants like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to unsung side players. In his new book, At the Jazz Band Ball, Hentoff draws from personal accounts, interweaving music with civil rights, education and family.

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