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Blue Rhythm FantasyBig Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era$
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John Wriggle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040405

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.001.0001

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Harlem on Broadway

Harlem on Broadway

Nightclub and Theater Revues

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(p.43) 3 Harlem on Broadway
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Blue Rhythm Fantasy
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John Wriggle

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.003.0004

This chapter discusses Swing Era nightclub and theater revues and how they extended the vaudeville entertainment format of previous decades. Few figures of the Swing Era roamed more widely than a freelance musician or a freelance arranger. In particular, the chapter focuses on Chappie Willet's arranging work in several prominent venues. While touring revues presented Willet's arrangements in venues across the country, his workspaces in New York City ranged from Broadway theaters to basement bars, from exclusive nightclubs to amateur talent shows. This chapter provides accounts which offer a media snapshot of the arranger's working world—an extensive network of people and places that stretched from Harlem to Times Square.

Keywords:   nightclubs, theater revues, theaters, vaudeville entertainment, entertainment industry, New York City, musical arranger, Swing Era

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