Divining Jazz

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John Salmon, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Yes, jazz was born in some raunchy places. Brothels, gin joints, speakeasies, and clubs of the early decades of the twentieth century - in New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, and everywhere in between - became the breeding ground from which the sultry, sassy musical language known as Jazz first thrived. Its first practitioners were Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton Fats Waller and others. They created' music whose titles and lyrics, laden with sexual innuendo ("Big Butter and Egg Man," "Struttin' with Some Barbecue") and irreverence ("Your Feet's Too Big: "Dead Man Blues") might have made our Victorian grandparents blush had they been hip to the lingo.

Additional Information

Muse and Spirit Sp/Su 2002
Language: English
Date: 2002
Jazz, History, Retrospective, Duke Ellingon, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Counter culture

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