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That's Got 'Em! – The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman - University Press of Mississippi
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That's Got 'Em!: The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman

Mark Berresford


Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882–1961) is one of the most important, yet unheralded, African American musicians involved in the transition of ragtime into jazz in the early twentieth century. This book tracks this energetic pioneer over a seven-decade career. Sweatman’s talent transformed every genre of black music before the advent of rock and roll: “pickaninny” bands, minstrelsy, circus sideshows, vaudeville (both black and white), night clubs, and cabarets. Sweatman was the first African American musician to be offered a long-term recording contract, and he dazzled listeners with jazz clarinet solo ... More

Keywords: Wilbur C. Sweatman, African American musicians, ragtime, jazz, pioneer, black music, rock and roll, pickaninny bands, minstrelsy, circus sideshows

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604730999
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Berresford, author