Chapter Overview

This chapter shifts focus to New York City, the center of the music business and the center for jazz once it grew beyond New Orleans and became a larger commercial enterprise. Topics discussed include the overall structure of the music business in the 1920s, early white "big bands" (e.g., Paul Whiteman) and the attempts to appropriate jazz as art music (e.g., Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue), the beginnings of black dance bands (Fletcher Henderson), the songwriting business (Tin Pan Alley), musical theater (Broadway) and the Harlem Renaissance, the stride piano tradition (James P. Johnson), and the Cotton Club (Duke Ellington).

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