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The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929$
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Christopher Robert Reed

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036231

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036231.001.0001

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Cultural and Aesthetic Expressions

Cultural and Aesthetic Expressions

(p.201) Chapter 7 Cultural and Aesthetic Expressions
The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929

Christopher Robert Reed

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the cultural undergirding that made the Jazz Age what it was. The performing arts—which included instrumental music, choral music, and individual vocal presentations—dominated creative performance in Chicago. Mastery of the voice heard in sopranos, tenors, baritones, and basses accompanied widespread mastery of the piano. As a result, highly skilled musicians abounded. In the second decade of the century, ragtime, blues, and jazz emerged. Black groups performed throughout the city in concert halls such as the downtown district's Orchestra Hall and Auditorium Theater, in South Side churches, and in the private homes of wealthy whites on the North Side.

Keywords:   African Americans, Chicago, Jazz Age, black culture, musicians, performing arts

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