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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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Local and Territory Bands in the Emerging Culture of Big Band Jazz and Dance Music in the Mountain State

Local and Territory Bands in the Emerging Culture of Big Band Jazz and Dance Music in the Mountain State

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(p.68) Chapter Four Local and Territory Bands in the Emerging Culture of Big Band Jazz and Dance Music in the Mountain State
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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/9781617031687.003.0005

This chapter examines the role of local and territory bands in introducing big band jazz and dance music to West Virginia in the 1930s. It discusses the history of the local black dance band of the period called Gilmore’s Midnighters and the dance bands in black colleges. The chapter also describes the work of local and territory bands, and provides evidence that black Mountaineers were closely connected to the larger musical culture of the nation.

Keywords:   big band jazz, dance music, local bands, territory bands, West Virginia, Gilmore’s Midnighters, musical culture

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