Making Noise and Stomping Feet

William A. Shack

in Harlem in Montmartre

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225374
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925694 | DOI:
Making Noise and Stomping Feet

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Even before 1914, Harlem's small nightclubs and honky-tonks had begun to nourish talented young black musicians and entertainers. Unlike black Bohemia's notorious clubs in the old Tenderloin along West 35th Street that catered to the common vices of gambling and prostitution, several of these clubs offered a professional and congenial social atmosphere in which artistic ideas were born and exhibited. This was still the era of ragtime, the precursor of jazz. From 1900 up to World War I, black entertainers rushed to tour concert halls and music halls in Europe, where race relations were more relaxed than in the United States.

Keywords: Harlem; nightclubs; ragtime; jazz; New York

Chapter.  3744 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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