Description - Swingin' at the Savoy by Norma Miller
In this volume, dancer, award-winning choreographer, show producer, stand-up comedienne, TV/film actress and author Norma Miller shares her historical memoir of Harlem's legendary Savoy Ballroom and the phenomenal music and dance craze that spread the power of swing across the world. A dance contest winner by the age of 14, Norma Miller became a member of Herbert White's Lindy Hoppers and a celebrated Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hop champion. This memoir chronicles a significant period in American cultural history and race relations, as it glorifies the home of Lindy Hop and the birthplace of memorable dance hall fads. Miller shares anecdotes about her youthful encounters with many of the greatest jazz legends in music history, including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, and even boxer Joe Louis.
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Temple University Press,U.S.
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Author Biography - Norma Miller
Norma Miller began her career as a choreographer by forming the Norma Miller Jazz Dancers and appeared in Olsen and Johnson's Broadway stage production of Helizapoppin' for five years. In addition to being a stand-up comedienne, Miller has made numerous TV appearances, including the CBS Movie Stompin' at the Savoy, which earned her an Emmy nomination for choreography. She has also performed in the films A Day at the Races, Maicolm X, and Captiva, and has been the subject of many documentaries, including National Geographic's Explorer and the Smithsonian jazz series on national radio. Evette Jensen is a freelance writer.