Chicago Jazz: A Cultural History, 1904-1930 / Edition 1

Chicago Jazz: A Cultural History, 1904-1930 / Edition 1

by William Howland Kenney, William H. Kenney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195064534

ISBN-13: 9780195064537

Pub. Date: 05/13/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The setting is the Royal Gardens Cafe. On stage, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong roll on and on, piling up choruses, the rhythm section building the beat until tables, chairs, walls, people, move with the rhythm. The time is the 1920s. The place is South Side Chicago, an area of dance halls and cabarets, Prohibition and segregation, a town where jazz would flourish

Overview

The setting is the Royal Gardens Cafe. On stage, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong roll on and on, piling up choruses, the rhythm section building the beat until tables, chairs, walls, people, move with the rhythm. The time is the 1920s. The place is South Side Chicago, an area of dance halls and cabarets, Prohibition and segregation, a town where jazz would flourish into the musical statement of an era.

In Chicago Jazz, William Howland Kenney offers a wide-ranging look at jazz in the Windy City, revealing how Chicago became the major center of jazz in the 1920s, one of the most vital periods in the history of the music. Kenney vividly describes the entire period from the migration of southern blacks to Chicago during and after World War I (which set the stage for the development of jazz in Chicago), through the evolution of white jazz, to the nightclubs and cabarets that catered to both black and white customers, providing the social setting for jazz performances.

Focusing on all the Chicago greats such as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Wild Bill Davison, this is a new interpretation of Chicago jazz which brings to life the hustle and bustle of the sounds and styles of musical entertainment in the famous toddlin' town.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195064537
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/13/1993
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

1South Side Jazz: Cultural Context3
2The Evolution of South Side Jazz35
3White Jazz and Dance Halls61
4White Chicago Jazz: Cultural Context87
5Chicago's Jazz Records117
6"Syncopated Threnody": The End of Chicago's Jazz Age147
Appendix173
Abbreviations of Archival Collections181
Notes181
Index219

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