This concluding chapter reflects on the artistic merits of jazz and popular music throughout American music history, and how Swing Era arrangers like Chappie Willet have been regarded by historians. Despite Willet's esteemed position in the music community and unusually prominent media presence, his subsequently low profile in most (or any) histories still begs some explanation; the chapter posits some theories as to this obscurity at the same time that it argues that Willet's story—and that of many others—need not compete against the subsequent political rhetoric of the civil rights era. Finally, the chapter also considers the persistence of jazz in American popular music as the Swing Era comes to a close.
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