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Author Wilkinson, Christopher, 1946-

Title Big band jazz in black West Virginia, 1930-1942 / Christopher Wilkinson

Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource
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Series American made music series
American made music series.
Contents pt. 1. The economic foundation of big band dance music in the Mountain State -- pt. 2. Big bands in black West Virginia, 1929-1935 -- pt. 3. West Virginia in the swing era, 1935-1942
Summary The coal fields of West Virginia would seem an unlikely market for big band jazz during the Great Depression. That a prosperous African American audience dominated by those involved with the coal industry was there for jazz tours would seem equally improbable. Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 shows that, contrary to expectations, black Mountaineers flocked to dances by the hundreds, in many instances traveling considerable distances to hear bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Andy Kirk, Jimmie Lunceford, and Chick Webb, among numerous others. Indeed, as one musician who to
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject African American coal miners -- West Virginia -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Jazz -- West Virginia -- 1931-1940 -- History and criticism
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1283629763
1617031690 (electronic bk.)
9781617031694 (electronic bk.)