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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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“syncopated Threnody”: The End of Chicago's Jazz Age

“syncopated Threnody”: The End of Chicago's Jazz Age

(p.147) 6 “syncopated Threnody”: The End of Chicago's Jazz Age
Chicago Jazz

William-Howland Kenney

Oxford University Press

The chapter describes not the end of jazz, but the birth of a new style of music called swing. At this time, jazz musicians migrated to other areas such as New York carrying jazz with them at the same time as looking into new and upcoming forms of music. Jazz however, remained stronger than ever. The jazz age left an imprint on the roaring twenties that is too heavy to be denied. It allowed for interracial communications, where black and white came together to enjoy a single type of music. It also took away social status, even temporarily, for people from all status, ages, and forms of employment would come together in a single venue to hear jazz music. Jazz was not only a form of music, but a culture in itself and a way of life.

Keywords:   jazz musicians, swing, New York, jazz age, culture, interracial

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