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Music: Setting the Standards

Fashions come and go in pop and classical music alike, but never has the same idea hit both ends of the street at the same time the way jazz did in the first...

MUSIC: SHADES OF BLUE

The J Master renewed my faith in jazz music," trumpeter Wynton Marsalis writes in his backstage-with-the-band chronicle, Sweet Swing Blues on the Road. "In 1984...

Books: Up Tunes GERSHWIN

What if George Gershwin had lived longer? He saw his first hit song, Swanee, sell more than a million copies, wrote for Broadway and symphony orchestras and...

Music: George Gershwin Gets His Due

George Gershwin maintained that Porgy and Bess was a real opera, not a glorified Broadway musical, but until recently, few believed him. Early productions...

Dance: Jazzing It Up at the Ballet

Robbins meets Gershwin, and both come out winners George Gershwin was the archetypal American composer: a Tin Pan Alley tunesmith with high artistic aspirations...

Music: It Ain't Necessarily So

A new Porgy and Bess stages Gershwin as grand opera George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess has had a curious history. At its premiere in 1935, it received mixed...

Music: Tribute to an Original

"I feel that you have some good stuff in you," said Tin Pan Alley Publisher Max Dreyfus as he offered the 19-year-old composer a $35-a-week retainer. "It may...

Lyrics by the Other One

Ira Gershwin: 1896-1983 And now," the oldtime radio announcer is supposed to have intoned, "here is a new song by George Gershwin and his lovely wife Ira."...

Music: Death of Gershwin

When Composer George Gershwin crumpled in Hollywood last fortnight, doctors called it overwork. Last week, when he collapsed again they found a cystic tumor...

Art: Gershwin Show

A peculiar memorial to the late George Gershwin appeared last week in the form of a record made in England by Columbia. Gershwin—King of Rhythm is...

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