• Dangerous Rhythms

  • Jazz and the Underworld
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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From T. J. English, the New York Times best-selling author of Havana Nocturne, comes the epic, scintillating narrative of the interconnected worlds of jazz and organized crime in 20th century America.

Dangerous Rhythms tells the symbiotic story of jazz and the underworld: a relationship fostered in some of 20th century America’s most notorious vice districts. For the first half of the century mobsters and musicians enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership. By offering artists like Louis Armstrong, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald a stage, the mob, including major players Al Capone, Meyer Lansky, and Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, provided opportunities that would not otherwise have existed.

Even so, at the heart of this relationship was a festering racial inequity. The musicians were mostly African American, and the clubs and means of production were owned by white men. It was a glorified plantation system that, over time, would find itself out of tune with an emerging Civil Rights movement. Some artists, including Louis Armstrong, believed they were safer and more likely to be paid fairly if they worked in “protected” joints. Others believed that playing in venues outside mob rule would make it easier to have control over their careers.

Through English’s voluminous research and keen narrative skills, Dangerous Rhythms reveals this deeply fascinating slice of American history in all its sordid glory. 

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©2022 T. J. English (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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What a fascinating book. I learned so much more about an art form I thought I knew something about. The book was thorough in its scope and led to a deer appreciation of the what was truly going on in the American underground during the 20th century, an underground that fostered the music of the century. I kept my YouTube handy and when a song was mentioned I stopped and listened to the music. What a great multimedia experience this book provided.

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"A 'Jam' In Time..."

Absolutely the best! From the gifted narrator to the very last; an intimate history of a well worn past! The whole thing comes alive and dances to a beat only it knew!!! This one will make it into my "Much Repeated" stack!!! TY JD Jackson for lending your most fitting voice to this! T.J. English has a masterpiece; and YOU are the 'instrument' that hits EVERY note! THIS is a read to enjoy MANY times.
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