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Chicago JazzA Cultural History, 1904-1930$
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William Howland Kenney

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195092608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092608.001.0001

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White Chicago Jazz: Cultural Context

White Chicago Jazz: Cultural Context

(p.87) 4 White Chicago Jazz: Cultural Context
Chicago Jazz

William-Howland Kenney

Oxford University Press

Jazz, although initially strictly in the African-American domain, was also much loved by the white population. There were in fact, numerous jazz bands not only in Chicago, but also in New York and New Orleans. The mid-twenties saw many passionate white jazz musicians who lived out the musical life religiously. These musicians however, did feel the minor pitfall of inexperience, as black artists, in contrast, were born with the music. The black entertainment scene was very much advanced by the time it expanded to a white audience. The music was, as of that time, a racial issue. The white jazz musicians aimed for a type of jazz that did not identify with any type of race. Another subject this chapter discusses is the resistance to playing arranged music, for jazz was meant to be played spontaneously.

Keywords:   white artists, race, resistance, spontaneous, African-American

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