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Jazz Defiant The Reassertion of a Culture

Michael H. Kater

in Different Drummers

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165531
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199872237 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165531.003.0003
Jazz Defiant The Reassertion of a Culture

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Jazz in the Third Reich turned out to be a resilient art. Because of the imperfection of controls, improved conditions after the economic depression, and the centrality of Berlin, which ostentatiously hosted the 1936 Olympics, this music continued not only to exist, but to flourish in Germany after January 1933, right up to the beginning of the war. Despite the fact that the German jazz scene from 1933 to the beginning of the war was a uniform development concentrated in Berlin, the reality was much more heteromorphic. Apart from weekly and monthly agendas, which appeared smooth on the surface, there were anomalies and irregularities, and to no small extent they involved the inadequate policing efforts of the regime's leaders at all levels of the bureaucracy. These irregularities aided the progress of jazz in Fascist Germany.

Keywords: jazz; Germany; swing; Third Reich; culture; United States; politics; dance music; bands

Chapter.  30204 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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