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New Book Describes Jazz’s Rise to Popularity in Paris

New York may be where most of the action is in the States, but Paris has long been the jazz capital of Europe. You can attribute the spread of jazz throughout the city of lights during the 1920s and ’30s not only to the wine-sipping Frenchmen who played imported Louis Armstrong 78s at their big, fancy parties, but also to the “Harlem Hellfighters,” a troop regiment in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, as author William A. Shack explains in a new book: Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story Between the Great Wars.

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