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Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris by Jeffrey H. Jackson

In 1922, as the opening night of the Paris nightclub Le Boeuf sur le Toit rolled out, jazz was already weaved into French history. The venue itself would become a key hub for the intellectual, artistic and jazzistic life of the City of Lights. Back then, however, it would have been impossible to have a national Francophone vocal hit such as Ray Ventura’s 1935 interpretation of Paul Misraki’s jazz composition “Tout Va Tres Bien, Madame la Marquise.” In this admirably researched work, Jeffrey H. Jackson accounts for the evolution of various phenomena linked to jazz-both as a musical and conceptual term-during the Parisian interwar period.

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