Taj Mahal Foxtrot
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Taj Mahal Foxtrot (English, Hardcover, Fernandes Naresh)


Taj Mahal Foxtrot  (English, Hardcover, Fernandes Naresh)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Roli Books Pvt Ltd
  • Genre: Music
  • ISBN: 9788174367594, 9788174367594
  • Pages: 192
In 1935, a violinist from Minnesota named Leon Abbey brought the first 'all negro' jazz band to Bombay, leaving behind a legacy that would last three decades. In a decade, swing would find its way to the streets of India as it influenced Hindi film music - the very soundtrack of Indian life. The optimism of jazz became an important element in the tunes that echoed the hopes of newly independent India. This book tells a story of India - and especially of the city of Bombay - through the lives of a menagerie of geniuses, strivers, and eccentrics, both Indian and American, who helped jazz find a home in the sweaty subcontinent. They include the burly African- American pianist Teddy Weatherford; the Goan trumpet player Frank Fernand, whose epiphanic encounter with Mahatma Gandhi drove him to try to give jazz an Indian voice; Chic Chocolate, who was known as the Louis Armstrong of India; and Anthony Gonsalves, who lent his name to one of the most popular Bollywood tunes ever; and many more. Taj Mahal Foxtrot, at its heart, is a history of Bombay in swing time.
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Book Details
  • Roli Books Pvt Ltd
  • 254 mm
  • 216 mm
  • 100 gr
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Taj Mahal Foxtrot

This literary work has an amazing account of all things music that touched the shores of Bombay since the late 19th Century. It encompasses a great deal of history and pulls out a few surprises, almost punched out of nowhere.

The beginnings of the work were not at all aimed at a result like this, admits the writer Naresh Fernandes. But the verve and imagery employed by the versatality of Naresh's research personifies every moment to the hilt. It is just not about the music. It is also about...

Colin Savio Coelho

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Feb, 2012

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