From “On The Road”
Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady became Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, the beat generation heroes of “On The Road”.
They were jazz fanatics – Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker – they worshipped them, getting high with them whenever they could.
Be-Bop riffs inspired Jack Kerouac’s writing style… “based on the long improvised riffs of the tenorman jazz player…blowing a phrase on his saxophone till he runs out of breath - that’s how I separate my sentences, as breath sentences of the mind.”
For beat poets like Jack Kerouac, the hot jazz of Bebop masters Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Miles Davis became the very breath and tempo of their writings.