Robert Nippoldt

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” – Bubber Miley / Duke Ellington

It’s the Roaring Twenties, and New York thrills with jazz fever. People flock to night clubs and dance halls in Harlem where you can see Louis Armstrong with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra playing at the Kentucky Club, while Duke Ellington performs at the Roseland Ballroom or the world-famous Cotton Club.
Jazz critic Hans-Jürgen Schaal’s and illustrator Robert Nippoldt’s book, an entertaining blend of compelling graphics, well-researched facts and amusing anecdotes, presents twenty-four leading lights of New York’s jazz scene of the Roaring Twenties. An accompanying CD contains some of their best tunes. Hans-Jürgen Schaal’s texts give a vivid account of the club scene and the "band battles", including legendary recording sessions and a complete list of the big band musicians involved. A splendid read, an enjoyable CD, and not strictly for jazz fans only.

Hans-Jürgen Schaal , studied German philology, sociology and dramatics. Since 1980 he works as a freelance music journalist for several magazines and since 1992 for the music label Enja Records. He has published numerous books about jazz and is editor for the magazines “Jazz thing” and “Blue Rhythm”.

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Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties Robert Nippoldt

A book by Robert Nippoldt with texts by Hans-Jürgen Schaal, TASCHEN, 2013, clothbound hardcover, 144 pp., 35 x 23 cm, full-color, includes CD of original recordings,
ISBN 978-3836545013 (English), french and spanish editions also available
€ 39.99


  • International Book Award, 2014, Los Angeles
  • Joseph Binder Award, 2014, Wien
  • D&AD Award, 2014, London
  • A‘Design Award, 2014, Como, Italy
  • Best American Infographic for “The Recording Sessions – A Sociogram“, 2014, New York
  • Nomination for the 2008 German Design Prize, Berlin
  • European Design Award 2008 for Layout, Stockholm
  • Institute for Book Arts 2008: “The Most Beautiful Book of Germany”, Frankfurt
  • Illustrative 2007: “One of the Most Beautiful Books of Europe”, Berlin

“For the connoisseur an enjoyment, for the novice an appetizer.”
– DIE ZEIT, October 25, 2007

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