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Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz

Todd Decker


Fred Astaire: one of the great jazz artists of the twentieth century? Astaire is best known for his brilliant dancing in the movie musicals of the 1930s, but this book argues that his work as a dancer and choreographer—particularly in the realm of tap dancing—made a significant contribution to the art of jazz. It examines the full range of Astaire's work in filmed and recorded media, from a 1926 recording with George Gershwin to his 1970 blues stylings on television, and also analyzes Astaire's creative relationships with the greats, including George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Ker ... More

Keywords: movie musicals, tap dancing, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, African American musicians, Fred Astaire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268883
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Decker, author