Reminiscing with Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake

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Based on extensive interviews, Reminiscing with Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake recounts the lives and music of singer-lyricist-band leader Noble Sissle (1889-1975) and ragtime-composer Eubie Blake (1883-1983).Their 57-year partnership began in 1915, when Broadway beckoned with a wealth of opportunity:thriving theater companies performed vaudeville, revue, musical comedy, and operetta to enthusiastic audiences. This book captures all the optimism and vibrancy of early twentieth-century black performers and musicians. In 1921, Sissle and Blake's breakthrough musical, Shuffle Along brought authentic ragtime and jazz dancing to the Broadway for the first time—-a combination that opened up new avenues in musical theater for black and white performers alike.

Richly illustrated with a rare collection of photographs, theater posters, playbills, sheet music, and reviews, Reminiscing with Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake recreates an unforgettable era in musical theater.

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[A] heartwarming pictorial and narrative history....The book's brilliance is in its kaleidoscopic display of a rare treasury of old photographs and poster, interspersed with illuminating quotes from Sissle and Blake ....This book exuberantly revives a lost period of theatrical history. (Newsday)

The authors gathered these recollections directly from two fascinating subjects; in fact, much of the story is told in the musicians' own words....This volume is one of the more substantial contributions to the study of black musical heritage. (Library Journal)

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