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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Christopher Wilkinson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

The coal fields of West Virginia would seem an unlikely market for big band jazz during the Great Depression. That a prosperous African American audience, dominated by those involved with the coal ... More


Introduction: Coal, Railroads, and the Establishment of African American Life in West Virginia

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the history of big band jazz in West Virginia during the 1930s and early 1940s. The book investigates what brought African ... More


Comparative Prosperity Arrives: September 1933–April 1935

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the evidence of the comparative economic prosperity enjoyed by black Mountaineers in West Virginia following the implementation of New Deal policies as reflected in a dramatic ... More


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

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

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 ... More


The Dance Repertory Played in the Coal Fields

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the repertory of music played by the touring bands at the numerous dances for which they were engaged in West Virginia during the 1930s and 1940s. It provides evidence to the ... More


Newspapers and Radio Bring the World of the Big Bands to Black West Virginia

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the role of radio and newspapers in bringing big band music to the attention of black Mountaineers, and in disseminating this musical culture in West Virginia. It suggests that ... More


Big Band Jazz Comes to the Mountain State: 1929–1933

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the history of the arrival of big band jazz bands in West Virginia during the period from 1929 to 1933, and discusses the documented performances by bands based in New York who ... More


The Party Winds Down

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the principal forces that brought to a close in 1942 the lively engagement with big bands that black Mountaineers had enjoyed for a number of years. It suggests that this ... More


From the Coal Face to the Dance Floor:: Black Miners as Patrons of Big Bands

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

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 ... More


Validating Herbert Hall’s Contention: Paul Barnes’s Gig Book

Christopher Wilkinson

in Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

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. ... More


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