Jazz Age

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Jazz Age

This is the trailer to The Great Gatsby. Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1922, it is today considered a "great American novel", and portrays an iconic time in American history. Notice the influence of African Americans, the shift in society for women, and jazz that can be found everywhere you look.

Masculine women and feminine men, which is the rooster, and which is the hen?-Masculine Women and Feminine Men, 1926

Check out Scott Joplin's ragtime jazz compositions, you will recognize this one in particular!

Modern-day Lindy hop.

Swing dancing is a form of group dance. The Lindy Hop, the most popular dance, was developed in Harlem in 1927. Swing was a response to jazz revolution, and in the twenties, each city had their own variation of swing dancing. Swing jazz had roots in African American and West African styles and music, which was a product of the African American influence during the era.


Welcome to the Roaring Twenties! During this American renaissance, change came knocking at the door. Swing dancing became popular in the glittery nightlife of the Jazz Age. Women experimented with a new identity, and the appearance of flappers gave women confidence throughout the decade. The nation's economy doubled in the twenties, and the mass production of automobiles made transportation faster and easier than ever. The "gangster" character (think Al Capone, gangsters who wore suits not snapbacks) was born of this age. Cities buzzed and bustled with newfound energy, and jazz reigned king.

Glittering crowdsand shimmering cloudsin canyons of steelThey're making mefeel, I'm homeDreamers with empty handsThey sighfor exotic landsIt's autumn in New York, It's good to live it again-Ella Fitzgerald, Autumn in New York

Josephine Baker became enormously popular in the twenties and her career as a showgirl asted a lifetime. She performed regularly. She overcame racial barriers and actively resisted Nazi occupation in France. She also adopted 12 children and owned many pets.

Louis Armstrong, also known as Satchmo, was an African American jazz musician who was hugely influential in this genre. He was a skilled vocalist and made popular "scat"singing (boo-bee booop jazz). His talents and passion for music made it possible for him to become a part of high society, usually restricted to African Americans. Jazz is so uniquely American because it originated right here in America. It was largely influenced by the black community, and it has many distinct styles. Jazz has a history, and each song reflects the change in society in the twenties."They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway They say there's always magic in the air." -On Broadway, George Benson



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