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"The Bridge" Book Award 2017

American Non-fiction Winner

Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra — Cambridge University Press 2017

Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker  Professor of Music at Georgetown University. She is the author of several books, including Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America and Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra. In addition to her scholarly work, she has served as a writer/commentator for NPR's Performance Today and published eight award-winning children's books, among them Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. She has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including the BBC's "Music Matters" and C-Span's "Book TV.”

Her recent book Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra has been nominated winner for NON FICTION of the book award The Bridge 2017

 

 

American Non-fiction Winner Jazz Italian Style Frank Sinatra Anna Harwell CelenzaJazz Italian Style explores a complex era in music history, when politics and popular culture collided with national identity and technology. When jazz arrived in Italy at the conclusion of World War I, it quickly became part of the local music culture. In Italy, thanks to the gramophone and radio, many Italian listeners paid little attention to a performer's national and ethnic identity. Nick LaRocca (Italian-American), Gorni Kramer (Italian), the Trio Lescano (Jewish-Dutch), and Louis Armstrong (African-American), to name a few, all found equal footing in the Italian soundscape. The book reveals how Italians made jazz their own, and how, by the mid-1930s, a genre of jazz distinguishable from American varieties and supported by Mussolini began to flourish in Northern Italy and in its turn influenced Italian-American musicians. Most importantly, the book recovers a lost repertoire and an array of musicians whose stories and performances are compelling and well worth remembering