PANASSIE, Hugues. Hot Jazz: The Guide to Swing Music.

(New York, NY): M. Witmark & Sons, 1936.  First US edition.  Octavo.  363 pages.  Translated by Lyle and Eleanor Dowling from Le Jazz Hot.  Additionally revised by the author for this the first English language edition.  Forewords by Louis Armstrong and Hugues Panassie.  A seminal work on jazz, which addresses “the general principles of swing, its great performers (past and present), the leading improvisers, the great orchestras and arrangers, and surveys with sure judgment the principal hot recordings, domestic and foreign.”   The author an influential French critic, record producer, and impresario of traditional jazz. In a changing world of jazz, Panassié was an ardent exponent of traditional jazz – strictly Dixieland. He harboured a particular love of style similar to that of Louis Armstrong from the 1930s. Panassié criticized West Coast jazz as inauthentic, partly because most musicians were white and also sounded white.  A very good copy in a good plus dust jacket.  Jacket with some large chips and wear along edges.  Still a nice copy of this important work.  Stamped ‘fpr review’ on the front endpaper.


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