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Stephanie Stein Crease explores the music and life of noted jazz drummer and bandleader Chick Webb

 book jacket cover for Rhythm Man
Oxford University Press

(Extended) Interview as heard on June 24, 2023

Rhythm Man: Chick Webb and the Beat that Changed America (published by Oxford University Press on April 25, 2023), is the first comprehensive biography of a majorly influential drummer and musical innovator.

One of the founding figures of Jazz’s Swing Era, and a successful bandleader at the Savoy Ballroom during the Harlem Renaissance into the Great Depression, Chick Webb (1905-39) set the beat for decades of jazz history, even after his early death at the age of 34, but his story has largely been ignored.

In her interview with ‘Hardluck’ Jim/The Weekend Blues, jazz historian—and biographer of Gil Evans and Duke Ellington—Stephanie Stein Crease uncovers how Webb’s virtuosity, creativity, and persistence left an indelible impact on American culture.

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