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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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George Gershwin: “Mr. Gershwin Replies to Mr. Kramer” (1926)

George Gershwin: “Mr. Gershwin Replies to Mr. Kramer” (1926)

27 George Gershwin: “Mr. Gershwin Replies to Mr. Kramer” (1926)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letter to the editor of Singing magazine written in response to A. Walter Kramer's criticism on jazz which was published in the September 1926 issue of the magazine. In his article, Kramer suggests that even if jazz become the folk music of the US, it will pass into memory before very many years have rolled past. Gershwin believed that Kramer's comment was not anti-jazz and that it only resulted in the seemingly inevitable confusion about the term jazz. He suggests that the word jazz should be limited to refer to a certain type of dance music.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, A. Walter Kramer, jazz, American music, letter to the editor, dance music

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