Sunday, February 6, 2011

Research Note: Jazz & Radio in Fiction

"A radio was playing a Wayne King waltz and moonlight, like spilled talcum powder, dusted the shoulders of dancers...." (page 152)

"Wayne King was playing a tango, using wood-winds and stringed instruments, and the music was subdued, sweet. (page 153)

"Louis Armstrong replaced Wayne King on the radio. It was like jumping from Vienna to Africa." (page 155)

"The music was throbbing, moaning, torrid. Saxophones, an inspired trumpet, the piano made wild improvised flights from the written melody. Louis Armstrong was swinging it."

Jonathan Latimer, The Lady in the Morgue, New York: Pocket Books, 1958 (1936)

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