What African Americans could not achieve in the courtroom they did in the dance hall, with the invention of a rebellious, and wholly American, new musical artform.
During the World War I, American jazz bands played at hospitals, rest camps and other venues, delighting doughboys and Europeans alike.
Geoffrey C. Ward, writer of a major new book and 19-hour
documentary (directed by Ken Burns) on the subject, discusses the joys and wonders of our native art form
American jazz musicians once enjoyed a freedom and respect in France’s capital that they could never win at home. Landmarks of that era still abound.
Seventy-five years ago this month, a not especially good band cut a record that transformed our culture
An Inquiry Into the Origins of Jazz
An Interview With the King of Swing