Guests: Alphonso McClendon
Singer Billie Holiday is remembered today for her distinctly haunting voice, but what about the gardenias in her hair? Louis Armstrong’s compositions are still considered American treasures, but consider for a second, his signature wool coat. In the golden age of jazz, the zoot suits and the bobs were just as influential as the trumpets and the saxophones. Today on Radio Times, we explore the cross-section of music and style when Drexel University associate professor ALPHONSO McCLENDON joins Marty to discuss his new book Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity, and Subcultural Improvisation.