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The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz

Jeffrey Magee


If Benny Goodman was the “King of Swing”, then Fletcher Henderson might be considered the power behind the throne. Not only did Henderson arrange the music that fueled Goodman's success, he also helped to launch the careers of several other key figures in jazz history, including Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins, and their work, in turn, shaped Henderson's. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including sound recordings, stock arrangements, and score manuscripts available only since Goodman's death, this book traces Henderson's life and work from his youth in the deep South, to his ea ... More

Keywords: jazz, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, New York, Harlem Renaissance, John Hammond, Depression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195090222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Magee, author
Indiana University