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

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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.

Kenney offers a wide-ranging look at jazz in the Windy City, revealing how Chicago became the major center of jazz in the 1920s. From cabarets to the Friars Inn and Austin High, this book brings to life the hustle and bustle of the sounds and styles of musical entertainment in this toddlin' town. Illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195092608
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author: William Howland Kenney is a jazz clarinetist and Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Kent State University. He is the coeditor with Scott Deveaux of The Music of James Scott.

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Table of Contents

1 South Side Jazz: Cultural Context 1
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
Appendix 173
Abbreviations of Archival Collections 181
Notes 181
Index 219
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