Come in and Hear the Truth: Jazz and Race on 52nd Street

Come in and Hear the Truth: Jazz and Race on 52nd Street

by Patrick Burke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226080714

ISBN-13: 9780226080710

Pub. Date: 08/28/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Between the mid-1930s and the late ’40s, the center of the jazz world was a two-block stretch of 52nd Street in Manhattan. Dozens of crowded basement clubs between Fifth and Seventh avenues played host to legends such as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, as well as to innumerable professional musicians whose names aren’t quite so well known. Together,

Overview

Between the mid-1930s and the late ’40s, the center of the jazz world was a two-block stretch of 52nd Street in Manhattan. Dozens of crowded basement clubs between Fifth and Seventh avenues played host to legends such as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, as well as to innumerable professional musicians whose names aren’t quite so well known. Together, these musicians and their audiences defied the traditional border between serious art and commercial entertainment—and between the races, as 52nd Street was home to some of the first nightclubs in New York to allow racially integrated bands and audiences. Patrick Burke argues that the jazz played on 52nd Street complicated simplistic distinctions between musical styles such as Dixieland, swing, and bebop. And since these styles were defined along racial lines, the music was itself a powerful challenge to racist ideology.

Come In and Hear the Truth uses a range of materials, from classic photographs to original interviews with musicians, to bring the street’s vibrant history to life and to shed new light on the interracial contacts and collaborations it generated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226080710
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter One: First for the Musicians, Then for the World: The Birth of Swing Street
Chapter Two: Let’s Have a Jubilee: 52nd Street Goes Commercial
Chapter Three: Here Comes the Man with the Jive: Stuff Smith
Chapter Four: A Little Law and Order in My Music: The John Kirby Sextet and Maxine Sullivan
Chapter Five: Swingin’ Down That Lane: 52nd Street at the Height of the Swing Era
Chapter Six: Making It into the Big Time: Count Basie, Joe Marsala, and “Mixed” Bands
Chapter Seven: This Conglomeration of Colors: Bebop Comes to Swing Street
Chapter Eight: Apples and Oranges: 52nd Street and the Jazz War
Conclusion: Long May It Be Remembered
Appendix: Chronology of 52nd Street Clubs
Notes

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