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Goin' to Kansas City

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The great bands of the Kansas City era drew on many styles to create a distinctive music that was among the finest expressions of swing and laid groundwork for modern jazz. Interviews and narrative combine in this intimate view of the development of an American music center from the mid-1920s through the late 1930s.
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published December 1st 1987 by University of Illinois Press (first published 1987)
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Daniel Jewett
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of appeal to a niche audience at this point. I'm in that niche.

Many of the performers mentioned in this book were still alive when became a jazz lover and I was fortunate to get to hear them. I enjoyed the addition of context to my memories of them performing late in their careers.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Colleagues Pearson and Howard Litwak had the idea of putting together an oral history of a jazz "scene". Spurred by a National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant, and narrowing their focus to Kansas City, they spent six months in 1977 conducting interviews. This assimilation of research eventually took the form of a traveling exhibit called Goin' to Kansas City. Opening in the spring of 1980, it was a set of thirty-seven panels including audio and video.

The next logical manifestation was th
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, music, jazz
Kansas City jazz was the happy byproduct of epic municipal corruption. In the late 1920s political boss Tom Pendergast achieved a cozy working relationship with local organized crime figures: in exchange for votes and a share of the loot, the authorities allowed illicit booze, gambling, and other vices to flourish. The arrangement proved enduring and Depression-proof; KC's economy boomed throughout the 1930s and supported hundreds of nightclubs. For musicians, this meant work opportunities were ...more
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