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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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South Side Jazz: Cultural Context

South Side Jazz: Cultural Context

(p.3) 1 South Side Jazz: Cultural Context
Chicago Jazz

William-Howland Kenney

Oxford University Press

When New Orleans' red light district closed down in the 1920s, Chicago felt a surge in the hustle and bustle of the entertainment world. It became a competition site, and particularly for the South Side Chicagoans, it became a breeding ground for African-American jazz music. The style of black American music was much embraced during this time, although racism was still a battle that was not yet won. There was a continuous migration however, of blacks from the South going to the North, greatly increasing the demand for entertainment in these areas. One cannot deny the potential economical surge that African-American music and entertainment had yet to bring. Between 1910 and 1920 Chicago's Jazz Age was born which ignited the white populations' interest and later expanded to included white audiences.

Keywords:   South side, African-American, migration, Jazz Age, New Orleans

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