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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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Big Band Jazz Comes to the Mountain State

Big Band Jazz Comes to the Mountain State

1929–1933

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(p.86) Chapter Five Big Band Jazz Comes to the Mountain State
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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/9781617031687.003.0006

This chapter examines the history of the arrival of big band jazz bands in West Virginia during the period from 1929 to 1933, and discusses the documented performances by bands based in New York who would become icons of big band jazz in the latter part of the 1930s. It suggests that the tours by territory bands from Florida, Chicago, and New York led them to communities in the Mountain State that were large enough to provide both venues for dances and audiences of sufficient size to make their engagements pay off.

Keywords:   jazz bands, West Virginia, New York, big band jazz, territory bands, Florida, Chicago, dances

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