2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Nothing Good Happens When the Sun Goes Down: Jazz and Racism in Early Twentieth-Century America
Caleb R. Haselhuhn
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

Renowned jazz composer and bandleader Duke Ellington said, I don't believe in categories of any kind, and when you speak of problems between blacks and whites in the U.S.A., you are referring to categories again. Ellington as a musician would have definitely seen the effects of this categorization on the music that filled his life. Racism against blacks in early-twentieth-century America had a profound effect on the development, spread, and performance of American jazz. The research presentation will exhibit the preceding information through the time period of 1920-1950 and focus on major American cities such as New York, Chicago, and New Orleans. It will take the viewers through the experiences, struggles, and emotions that were experienced by the earliest performers of one of the most purely American art forms: jazz.

Keywords: Jazz, Racism, Music, America, 20th Century, New York

African-American Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 306-2
Location: OP 2117
Time: 1:15

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