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Cats of Any Color : Jazz Black and White

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It was none other than Louis Armstrong who said, 'These people who make the restrictions, they don't know nothing about music. It's no crime for cats of any colour to get together and blow.' In Cats of Any Color, Gene Lees takes a long overdue look at the shocking pervasiveness of racism in jazz's past and present - both the white racism that long ghettoized the music and generations of talented black musicians, and what Lees maintains is an increasingly virulent reverse racism aimed at white jazz musicians. In candid interviews, living jazz legends such as Horace Silver, Red Rodney (Charlie Parker's white trumpet player), and Dave Brubeck (part Modoc Indian), step forward and share their thoughts on how racism has affected their lives. At the heart of this book is a passionate plea to recognize jazz not as the sole property of any one group, but as an art form celebrating the human spirit.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 136.7 x 204.5 x 14.2mm | 263.09g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195102878
  • 9780195102871

Review quote

"Lees is the glowing jewel of jazz for his understanding of it, for his writing about it, and for his lyrics, which are always perfect for the music."--Dizzy Gillespie"I feel so strongly about the importance of this book that if I had time I would gladly go to people's houses, take them by the wrist, and lead them to the nearest bookstore....It is a truly important social document."--Steve Allenshow more

About Gene Lees

Gene Lees is the award-winning author of Waiting for Dizzy, Meet Me at Jim and Andy's, and Singers and the Song, as well as biographies of Oscar Peterson and Lerner and Loewe. A former editor of Down Beat, he has written extensively for Stereo Review, The New York Times and other publications. Since 1981 he has published, edited, and written for the respected JazzLetter.show more

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