One of Nature’s True Noblemen

After reading that sad, wonderful passage from Kundera about Shoenberg, I found myself reading Dan Morgenstern’s Living with Jazz. Morgenstern, one of the great writers about jazz, was born in Germany, grew up in Austria, and fled with his family to Denmark when Hitler rolled in: “One of the ugliest and most unmusical sounds I’d yet heard was that produced by the crowds greeting the arrival of Hitler in the city where he had learned to hate Jews.” He came to New York in 1947 and, already a huge jazz buff, went straight to 52nd Street, drooling at the marquees that featured the names of Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and others.

As if to answer Kundera’s lament (to some degree by refiguring it), he calls Louis Armstrong “the father of all that is good and great in this music called jazz, one of nature’s true noblemen, and one reason why this sad, monstrous century will be remembered well.”

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