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by C. Michael Bailey
Jazz as an American artform would never have evolved without Louis Moreau Gottschalk. A phenomenon in his lifetime but relegated to the status of parlor pianist today, Gottschalk nevertheless was the complete package: talented, good looking, highborn. Educated at the Paris Conservatoire and a peer of Fredrick Chopin, Gottschalk carved an impressive pedigree when he hit the concert trail in the Western Hemisphere during the years leading up to and including the American Civil War.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) was ...read more