Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story Of Bombay's Jazz Age

March 9, 2017|
Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story Of Bombay's Jazz Age by Naresh Fernandes
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-An intimate look at a period of modern Indian history that has shaped the music of the subcontinent today -Features detailed sections on several important Indian and American jazz musicians, including Chic Chocolate, ''the Louis Armstrong of India''; and Teddy Weatherford In 1935, a violinist from Minnesota named Leon Abbey brought the first ''all negro'' jazz band to Bombay, leaving behind a legacy that would last three decades. In a decade, swing found its way onto the streets of India. It influenced Hindi film music: the very soundtrack of Indian life. The optimism of jazz became an important element in the tunes that echoed the hopes of newly independent India. This book tells a story of India, especially of the city of Bombay, through the lives of a menagerie of geniuses, strivers, and eccentrics, both Indian and American, who helped jazz find a home in the sweaty subcontinent. They include the burly African-American pianist Teddy Weatherford; the Goan trumpet player Frank Fernand, whose epiphanic encounter with Mahatma Gandhi drove him to try to give jazz an Indian voice; Chic Chocolate, who was known as'' the Louis Armstrong of India''; Anthony Gonsalves, who lent his name to one of the most popular Bollywood tunes ever; and many more. Taj Mahal Foxtrot, at its heart, is a history of Bombay in swing time.
Naresh Fernandes is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital daily. He was previously editor-in-chief of Time Out India, and has also worked at The Times of India and the Associated Press in Mumbai, and the Wall Street Journal in New York. His journalism has appeared in the Hindustan Times, the New York Times, India Magazine, Man''s World, O...
Title:Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story Of Bombay's Jazz Age
Format:Book & Toy
Product dimensions:192 pages, 9.03 X 6.26 X 0.81 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 9.03 X 6.26 X 0.81 in
Published:March 9, 2017
Publisher:Roli Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9789351941736

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