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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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The Evolution of South Side Chicago Jazz

The Evolution of South Side Chicago Jazz

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Chicago Jazz

William-Howland Kenney

Oxford University Press

After World War II, black musicians who migrated to Chicago from all over the country settled in and worked on their music. Due to the influences of the war, this music was infused with European tones. Chicago, it seemed, was a new frontier for musical advancement. The place, in turn, embraced these musicians, offering job opportunities as the demand for entertainment continued to climb. This chapter introduces a very prominent figure in jazz history, Louis Armstrong. Armstrong propelled Chicago jazz to even greater heights. His music was set in the realm of classic African-American music, but this time merging with cabaret tones. This fresh note brought about a larger scope of entertainment, reaching ballrooms and dancing clubs, further expanding the market for jazz artists.

Keywords:   Louis Armstrong, World War II, Europe, cabaret, ballrooms, advancement

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