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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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(p.192) Conclusion
Blue Rhythm Fantasy

John Wriggle

University of Illinois Press

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.

Keywords:   jazz, popular music, music history, Chappie Willet, civil rights, jazz tradition, American popular music, Swing Era

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