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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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From the Coal Face to the Dance Floor:

From the Coal Face to the Dance Floor:

Black Miners as Patrons of Big Bands

(p.35) Chapter One From the Coal Face to the Dance Floor:
Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Christopher Wilkinson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter, which examines the connection between the work of coal miners, the major audience for jazz and dance music, and the big bands in West Virginia during the 1930s and 1940s, traces the flow of money from the coal seam to the dance venue and to the band providing the music. It discusses the economic and other benefits of mining from the black miners’ perspective, and explains the role of the black middle class in booking bands and organizing dances.

Keywords:   coal miners, jazz music, West Virginia, black miners, big bands, black middle class, dances

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