Jazz and the Underworld: Musicians and the Mob in America

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During the Jazz Age, mobsters and musicians built a mutually beneficial partnership. Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky’s love for jazz music provided Black artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald with opportunities that would not have otherwise existed. But racial inequalities remained part of the underworld system. New York Times best-selling author and leading organized crime writer T.J. English will explore how the Mob’s influence helped to set many musicians on a path to stardom.

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