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Swing AlongThe Musical Life of Will Marion Cook$
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Marva Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108910.001.0001

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The Southern Syncopated Orchestra

The Southern Syncopated Orchestra

(p.101) Chapter 10 The Southern Syncopated Orchestra
Swing Along

Marva Griffin Carter

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Southern Syncopated Orchestra as an all-black group originally composed of fifty formally attired men, with a few women, who played and sang a diverse repertoire of light classics, popular songs, ragtime, spirituals, and waltzes. It explains that the orchestra sought to encourage, preserve, and uplift African-American culture, and to help obliterate racial discrimination by modeling democratic ideals through instrumentation, personnel, and programming. It discusses that the majority of the music performed by the orchestra was written and arranged by Will Cook. It explains that the group’s original name New York Syncopated Orchestra was changed to American Southern Syncopated Orchestra during their trip to Europe. The orchestra was split into two groups due to internal turmoil brought by dishonesty.

Keywords:   American Southern Syncopated Orchestra, New York Syncopated Orchestra, Liverpool, Sidney Bechet, George Lattimore

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