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Jews in the Family of Jazz

For 60 years I’ve been waiting for a book that has finally been published in England: Jazz Jews by Mike Gerber (Five Leaves Publications; [email protected], contact: Ross Bradshaw). Ten years in the making-eight of them on research-with 7,000 names in the index, ample footnotes and an extensive bibliography, it is more comprehensive than I ever imagined possible. The writing is not academic; rather, it grooves.

Mike Gerber is a freelance writer whose credits range from The New Statesman to Financial Times. The range of his knowledge of jazz history, including the business elements of it, becomes deeply evident during the many interviews. I’ve told Gerber that I’m working to get an American publisher for Jazz Jews, and I’m sure I’ll succeed.

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