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That's Got 'Em!The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman$
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Mark Berresford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730999

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730999.001.0001

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Chicago and An Entertainment Revolution

Chicago and An Entertainment Revolution

(p.45) Chapter 6 Chicago and An Entertainment Revolution
That's Got 'Em!

Mark Berresford

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes Sweatman’s career in Chicago. In the spring of 1908 Sweatman moved to Chicago, a decision prompted by the fact that, in the first decade of the twentieth century, Chicago vied with St. Louis and New York as the ragtime capital. In the fall, he became musical director of the Grand Theater, a small vaudeville and stock company theater owned by entrepreneur George Smith. Sweatman’s group at the “Old” Grand consisted of Sweatman himself, Dave Peyton at the piano, and George Reeves, the drummer from his Minneapolis band. Sweatman’s three years in Chicago saw him climb from a relatively unknown clarinetist to a highly regarded performer, orchestra director, composer, and arranger.

Keywords:   Wilbur C. Sweatman, African American musicians, Grand Theater, George Smith

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