“..true music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.” -George Gershwin
But what does it mean to be American? How did being a first generation American inform Gershwin's perspective? Was he always on the outside looking in? How does he, and the work he produced, embody the American dream?
In this recording from KUT's Views and Brews series host Rebecca McInroy talks with Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe about the life, masterpieces and legacy of George Gershwin.
We also get a chance to listen to some of Austin's best musicians perform Gershwin's compositions. Red Young on piano, Roscoe Beck on bass, Ephraim Owens on trumpet, David Sierra on drums and Silvie Rider Young, vocals.