William Kennedy, Author & Journalist, Co-Writer of 'The Cotton Club'

William Kennedy, Author & Journalist, Co-Writer of 'The Cott...

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William Kennedy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and journalist based in Averill Park, N.Y.As a reporter for Albany's Times Union, Kennedy interviewed Louis Armstrong at the Kenmore Hotel. He shares about this conversation with Satchmo as well as his other run-ins with jazz greats including Frank Sinatra at Carnegie Hall and Duke Ellington at a prom in Upstate N.Y.The author also details these experiences in "Riding the Yellow Trolley Car," a collection of essays and interviews published in 1993.In addition to his novels, Kennedy is renown for co-writing the "The Cotton Club," a 1984 movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film focuses on a famous Harlem jazz club during the 1920s and 1930s.Kennedy is the founder and former director of the New York State Writers Institute located at the University at Albany, SUNY.Music: "Mama's Gone Goodbye" and "When the Saints Go Marchin' In," by Skip Parsons and the Riverboat Jazz Band.Thank you for listening to Six Count. This show, hosted and produced by Xara Wilde, seeks to promote and preserve the jazz and swing scene in the Capital Region of New York.Six Count is a listener-supported, independent project. Contribute to the series.Have a comment, question or suggestion for who to feature next? Contact Six Count by email at sixcountpodcast@gmail.com or you can find the show on Twitter @SixCountPodcast.
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William Kennedy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and journalist based in Averill Park, N.Y.As a reporter for Albany's Times Union, Kennedy interviewed Louis Armstrong at the Kenmore Hotel. He shares about this conversation with Satchmo as well as his other run-ins with jazz greats including Frank Sinatra at Carnegie Hall and Duke Ellington at a prom in Upstate N.Y.The author also details these experiences in "Riding the Yellow Trolley Car," a collection of essays and interviews published in 1993.In addition to his novels, Kennedy is renown for co-writing the "The Cotton Club," a 1984 movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film focuses on a famous Harlem jazz club during the 1920s and 1930s.Kennedy is the founder and former director of the New York State Writers Institute located at the University at Albany, SUNY.Music: "Mama's Gone Goodbye" and "When the Saints Go Marchin' In," by Skip Parsons and the Riverboat Jazz Band.Thank you for listening to Six Count. This show, hosted and produced by Xara Wilde, seeks to promote and preserve the jazz and swing scene in the Capital Region of New York.Six Count is a listener-supported, independent project. Contribute to the series.Have a comment, question or suggestion for who to feature next? Contact Six Count by email at sixcountpodcast@gmail.com or you can find the show on Twitter @SixCountPodcast.
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