At age six, Teddy Weatherford was working in the coal mines of Virginia. By his early 20s he was the toast of Chicago's jazz scene, rivaling Louis Armstrong and wowing Jelly Roll Morton with his piano talent. But when Weatherford left segregated America for the allures of Shanghai and Bombay, he set out on an adventure he hadn't imagined. The man they called "The Seagull" would become the globetrotting jazz king of Asia in the shadow of World War II, and provide the soundtrack for the last gasp of an empire.
Brendan I. Koerner presents the true tale of how a forgotten legend lived the American Dream by leaving it behind - and helped globalize music with a piano and a sharkskin suit.
Brendan I. Koerner is an award-winning journalist and the author of Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight From the Greatest Manhunt of World War II (Penguin, 2008), which was optioned for film by Spike Lee. He is also a contributing editor at Wired, and contributor to Slate.com, The New York Times, and many other publications.
©2011 Atavist and Brendan Koerner (P)2011 Atavist
I first became aware of Mr. Weather ford will reading Langston Hughes' "I wonder as I wander" (also on audible) and wanted to know why I had not heard of him before. Recordings and information on him turned out to pretty elusive. This book, although too short, is the most comprehensive biography I've been able to find to date.
I highly recommend it.
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