Book Review: Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s & 1950s

In the two decades before the Civil Rights movement, jazz nightclubs were among the first places that opened to both black and white performers and club goers in Jim Crow America. In this rare collection, Jeff Gold looks back at this explosive moment in the history of Jazz and American culture, and the spaces at the center of artistic and social change, presenting some of the greatest of the genre—Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson and many others.

By Jeff Gold

(hardcover) $39.99

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