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Jazz on the West Coast

Floyd Levin

in Classic Jazz

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780520213609
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520213609.003.0007
Jazz on the West Coast

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This chapter takes a look at jazz on the West Coast. It reveals the efforts to resurrect the spirited music that slowly disappeared during the swing era in different parts of the United States, Australia, and Europe. The most enthusiastic revival activity occurred in the West Coast, and was led by several independent record firms. The chapter describes Los Angeles during the swing era and recalls the Palomar Ballroom Fire of October 2, 1939. Several notable jazz musicians during this time are introduced, including Benny Strickler and Dave Dexter, Jr.

Keywords: West Coast jazz; swing era; revival; independent record firms; Los Angeles; Palomar Ballroom Fire

Chapter.  13581 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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