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DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC

Maurice Jackson and Blair A. Ruble, editors
Format
Book
Published
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2018]
Language
English
Variant Title
District of Columbia jazz
ISBN
9781626165892, 1626165890, 9781626165908, 1626165904, 9781626165915
Summary
The conventional history of jazz music in the United States begins in New Orleans, moves upstream along the Mississippi River to Chicago, then by rail into New York before exploding across the globe. But in fact the nation's capital has been a fertile city for jazz for a century. Some of the most important clubs in the jazz world have opened and closed their doors in Washington, DC; some of its greatest players and promoters were born there and continue to reside in the area; and some of the local institutions so critical to supporting this uniquely American form of music--including Congress and the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress and the Historical Society of Washington, DC--remain vigorous advocates. Edited by noted historians Maurice Jackson and Blair Ruble, this book is a collection of original and fascinating stories about the DC jazz scene, from the cultural hotbed of Seventh and U Streets to the role of jazz in desegregating the city to the great Edward "Duke" Ellington to women in jazz to seminal contributions of the University of District of Columbia and Howard University. The book also includes three poems by Washington, DC poet E. Ethelbert Miller. A copublishing initiative with the Historical Society of Washington, DC, the book includes over thirty museum-quality photographs and a guide to resources for learning more about Washington, DC jazz.
Contents
  • Jazz, "great black music" and the struggle for equality in Washington, DC / Maurice Jackson
  • Seventh Street : Black DC's musical mecca / Blair A. Ruble
  • Washington's Duke Ellington / John Edward Hasse
  • Bill Brower : notes from a key observer and scene maker / interview by Willard Jenkins
  • Jazz radio in Washington, DC / Rusty Hassan
  • Legislating jazz / Anna Harwell Celenza
  • The beautiful struggle : a look at women who have helped shape the DC jazz scene / Bridget Arnwine
  • No church without a choir : Howard University and Jazz in Washington, DC / Lauren Sinclair
  • From Federal City College to UDC : a retrospective on Washington's jazz university / Judith A. Korey
  • Researching jazz history in Washington, DC / Michael Fitzgerald.
Description
xviii, 198 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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