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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 Place of the Mountain State on the Road Traveled by the Big Bands

The Place of the Mountain State on the Road Traveled by the Big Bands

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(p.125) Chapter Seven The Place of the Mountain State on the Road Traveled by the Big Bands
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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942
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Christopher Wilkinson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0008

This chapter examines the connection between the jazz bands and their New York-based managers and entrepreneurs in the Mountain State who organized and promoted dances. It discusses the role of booking agent George Edward Morton and black band manager Joe Glaser in the cultivation of big band jazz in the southern coal fields in the second half of the 1930s. The chapter also also highlights the contribution of booking agents and dance promoters to the success of the big bands.

Keywords:   jazz bands, Mountain State, George Edward Morton, Joe Glaser, big band jazz, booking agent, dance promoters

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