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Swing Street: The Rise and Fall of New York’s 52nd Street Jazz Scene: An Illustrated Tribute, 1930–1950

Leo T. Sullivan

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Swing Street was the name given to 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan in New York City, where there were more jazz clubs and bars per square block than anywhere else in the world, all showcasing the finest jazz musicians of the era. This illustrated book offers a history of Swing Street and presents the greats who played the clubs there in capsule biographies, vintage photos, and rare memorabilia. On Swing Street you were guaranteed to experience an evening of unforgettable jazz on a nightly basis, seven nights a week, until the wee hours of the morning; stopping into Club Downbeat to catch a set of Billie Holiday, or dropping by the Three Deuces to hear Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie playing bebop. On any given night you could hear other iconic jazz artists such as Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Art Tatum, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and many others.

Size: 8" x 8" | 149 color and b/w photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359736

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Leo T. Sullivan has been working professionally for over forty years as a saxophonist, flutist, composer, and webmaster and has played on many CDs with various artists, having also recorded numerous soundtracks for major television shows. Leo has played with the Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, the Temptations, Toni Tennile, Charo, Don Rickles, Carl Fontana, Bob Newhart, and the Osmond Brothers, just to name a few. In recent years, Leo has been involved in developing over sixty-five jazz websites. They can be viewed at www.jazzwebsites.org. Leo is also the author of Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World: An Illustrated Tribute, 1949–1965.