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

William-Howland Kenney

in Chicago Jazz

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780195092608
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853168 | DOI:
                   “syncopated Threnody”: The End of Chicago's Jazz Age

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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

Chapter.  9791 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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