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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...

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...

Chicago, IL: South Side

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

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...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...

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...