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Chicago Jazz: A Cultural History, 1904-1930

Chicago Jazz: A Cultural History, 1904-1930 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Kenney, William Howland

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In Chicago Jazz, William Howland Kenney presents a wide-ranging look at jazz in the Windy City, revealing how Chicago became the major center for jazz in the 1920s. Focusing on all the Chicago greats--Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Wild Bill Davison, and more--Kenney brings a gold... read full description below.

ISBN 9780195092608
Barcode 9780195092608
Published 1 January 1996 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780195092608
ISBN-10 0195092600
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Publication Date 1 January 1996
International Publication Date 19 September 1994
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kenney, William Howland
Category Jazz
Blues music
Number of Pages 248
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 352g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Chicago (Ill.) - Social conditions, Chicago (Ill.) - Race relations, Jazz - Illinois - Chicago - History and criticism, Popular culture - Illinois - Chicago
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 781.65097311
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The setting is the Royal Gardens Cafe. It's dark, smoky. The smell of gin permeates the room. People are leaning over the balcony, their drinks spilling on the customers below. 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, a town 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. He describes how the migration of blacks from the South to Chicago during and after World War I set the stage for the development of jazz in Chicago; and how the nightclubs and cabarets catering to both black and white customers provided the social setting for jazz performances. Kenney discusses the arrival of King Oliver and other greats in Chicago in the late teens and the early 1920s, especially Louis Armstrong, who would become the most influential jazz player of the period. And he travels beyond South Side Chicago to look at the evolution of white jazz, focusing on the influence of the South Side school on such young white players as Mezz Mezzrow (who adopted the mannerisms of black show business performers, an urbanized southern black accent, and black slang); and Max Kaminsky, deeply influenced by Armstrong's electrifying tone, his superb technique, his power and ease, his hotness and intensity, his complete mastery of the horn. The personal recollections of many others--including Milt Hinton, Wild Bill Davison, Bud Freeman, and Jimmy McPartland--bring alive this exciting period in jazz history. Here is a new interpretation of Chicago jazz that reveals the role of race, culture, and politics in the development of this daring musical style. From black-and-tan cabarets and the Savoy Ballroom, to the Friars Inn and Austin High, Chicago Jazz brings to life the hustle and bustle of the sounds and styles of musical entertainment in the famous toddlin' town.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review CHICAGO JAZZ is a good example of the new historical writing in the field. This is a well written and thoroughly researched book, and ought to appeal to anyone interested in the general history of jazz and popular music. * Jim Burns, Beat Scene , No. 23 * a meticulously researched and minutely detailed work of jazz scholarship that impressively enhances our understanding of how jazz developed, and the mileu in which it prospered. Aficionados will find this fascinating. * Trevor Hodgett, Irish News * William Howland Kenney ... writes vividly and effectively ... Chicago Jazz remains the definitive account for the foreseeable future * Times Literary Supplement *

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Author's Bio

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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