Fred Astaire does Word Jazz

by Josh Kimball

Whether it’s something I should be embarrassed about or not, I think Word Jazz – a hallucinogenic mashup of a musico-poetical genre pioneered by Ken Nordine and practiced from the ’50s all the way up to the 2000s – basically rules.

To wit, Yellow:

So when I ran across this video of Fred Astaire and Barrie Chase doing interpretive dance to Nordine’s Word Jazz, my head exploded.

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