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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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The Big Bands’ Audience in the Mountain State

The Big Bands’ Audience in the Mountain State

(p.140) Chapter Eight The Big Bands’ Audience in the Mountain State
Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Christopher Wilkinson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the demographic characteristics of the audience for big band music in West Virginia. It offers information on the so-called Kings of Amusement, who actively participated in staging dances for black Mountaineers, and who included LeRoy Fonteneau, Thomas L. Mitchell, and James Shelton. The chapter also highlights the role of both middle- and working-class black Mountaineers in the cultivation of big band dance music.

Keywords:   big band music, audience, West Virginia, Kings of Amusement, LeRoy Fonteneau, Thomas L. Mitchell, James Shelton

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