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...Despite a meteoric—but short—career, Bix Beiderbecke has remained one of the greatest jazz soloists and improvisers of the twentieth century. Born into an upper middle-class family in Iowa in 1903, Beiderbecke’s early piano training...
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...After signing with Atlantic Records in 1969, Donny Hathaway breathed new life into soul music as it entered a new decade. Born in Chicago in 1945, Hathaway was raised by his grandmother, a gospel singer, in St. Louis. He started playing...

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Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Although the first known person to live on the lakeshore site that was to become Chicago was an African-American ferry operator, the black population of the city as it grew was a small proportion of the total. Founded around 1830, it had...

Chicago Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The name ‘Chicago jazz’ refers to a style of small-group jazz, played primarily by white musicians, which took root in the 1920s and has since the 1940s seen expression primarily in the ‘Dixieland’ or ‘traditional jazz’ ensembles...

Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...Jazz emerged as a distinct musical form in the United States in the early decades of the twentieth century and is primarily of African-American origin. Its early influences are held to encompass elements of African and European music...