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August 31, 2007

TT: Jammin' with Toscanini's hep cats

My enthusiasm over the release of The New Friends of Rhythm: 1939-1947 Performances (about which you can read more in the Top Five section of the right-hand column) has spilled over into a "Sightings" column for Saturday's The Wall Street Journal. In it I fill in the background of this fascinating group, which briefly became so popular that it got written up in Time. Then I take a broader look at the larger phenomenon of jazzing-the-classics recordings, and offer some speculations on what its decline tells us about the shaky state of classical music in America.

To find out more--including what Ayn Rand, of all people, had to say about jazzed-up classics--pick up a copy of the Saturday Journal and turn to the newly re-christened "Weekend Journal." I'll be there.

UPDATE: Subscribers to the Online Journal can read this column by going here.

Posted August 31, 2007 8:35 AM

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