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Jazzing the Cool with Ted Gioia

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Ted Gioia, author of “The History of Jazz" and “West Coast Jazz", argues in his new book “The Birth (and Death) of the Cool" that what many think of as “cool"-the attitude, sound, look, and way of life-came about in large part because of jazz, and that the notion of cool has now been co-opted and commodified in a way that's nearly drained the term of its meaning.

Gioia joins us on this edition of Night Lights to talk about the influence of jazz artists on notions of cool, as well as other cultural figures and forces such as DJ Symphony Sid Torin, novelist Jack Kerouac, and the Blue Note record label that helped shape the birth of the cool in the mid-20th century.

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