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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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Validating Herbert Hall’s Contention

Validating Herbert Hall’s Contention

Paul Barnes’s Gig Book

(p.48) Chapter Two Validating Herbert Hall’s Contention
Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Christopher Wilkinson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter provides evidence to jazz musician Herbert Hall’s claim that all jazz bands were going through West Virginia in the 1930s because the mines were in operation and everyone was employed. It discusses the contents of saxophonist/clarinetist Paul D. Barnes’ gig book, which provides information about the daily life of one black band in the mid-1930s. The chapter also provides Barnes’s records of the earnings of the Oliver Band in West Virginia, and from dances in states adjacent to West Virginia and in the Deep South.

Keywords:   jazz bands, Herbert Hall, West Virginia, Paul D. Barnes, gig book, Oliver Band, dances, Deep South

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