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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942$
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Christopher Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031687

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.001.0001

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The Dance Repertory Played in the Coal Fields

The Dance Repertory Played in the Coal Fields

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(p.148) Chapter Nine The Dance Repertory Played in the Coal Fields
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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942
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Christopher Wilkinson

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0010

This chapter examines the repertory of music played by the touring bands at the numerous dances for which they were engaged in West Virginia during the 1930s and 1940s. It provides evidence to the diversity of tastes in dance music and suggests that the main types of audience, those who prefer swinging jazz and those who prefer sweet styles, were not defined by class. The chapter also suggests that all of the black bands were prepared to perform arrangements running along the spectrum of style from sweet to hot, and did so with great regularity.

Keywords:   repertory of music, touring bands, West Virginia, dance music, swinging jazz, black bands

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