Chicago Jazz: A Cultural History, 1904-1930 / Edition 1by William Howland Kenney, William H. Kenney
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 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.
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Table of Contents
|1||South Side Jazz: Cultural Context||3|
|2||The Evolution of South Side Jazz||35|
|3||White Jazz and Dance Halls||61|
|4||White Chicago Jazz: Cultural Context||87|
|5||Chicago's Jazz Records||117|
|6||"Syncopated Threnody": The End of Chicago's Jazz Age||147|
|Abbreviations of Archival Collections||181|
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