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The Southern Syncopated Orchestra

Marva Griffin Carter

in Swing Along

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195108910
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865796 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108910.003.0011
                   The Southern Syncopated Orchestra

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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

Chapter.  2596 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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