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August 1, 2019

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Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band posing for a studio group shot in the mid-1920s, with Thomas A. Dorsey at the piano.

Photo: JP Jazz Archives/Redfern



Not only was Jazz one of the most popular music styles in the U.S. for more 50 years during the first half of the 20th century, it was also celebrated during what is known as the “Jazz Age”.



Wikipedia tells us about the Jazz Age…


The Jazz Age was a period in the 1920s and 1930s in which Jazz music and dance styles rapidly gained nationwide popularity in the United States. The Jazz Age’s cultural repercussions were primarily felt in the United States, the birthplace of jazz. Originating in New Orleans as a fusion of African and European music, jazz played a significant part in wider cultural changes in this period, and its influence on pop culture continued long afterward.



 The movement was largely affected by the introduction of radios nationwide. During this time, the Jazz Age was intertwined with the developing cultures of young people, women, and African Americans. The movement also helped start the beginning of the European Jazz movement. American author F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely credited with coining the term, first using it in his 1922 short story collection titled Tales of the Jazz Age.



According to Statista Research today’s top music genres are Rock, Hip Hop, and Country – with Jazz being 11th on the list. This was based on the total music album consumption in the U.S. in 2018.  Not long ago though, Jazz was number one for more than 50 years, from the early 1900’s until the 1950’s.This was no accident.  There were many crucial events that helped propel Jazz onto the world stage.



The early 20th century was the dawn of the modern era, when the world first heard the Blues, Ragtime and Tin Pan emergence coincided with the advent of radio and recordings in the 1920’s. How fortuitous this was for Jazz!



The music industry was born and the pressure was on to sell records and celebrity performers. During the 1920s, blues singers, like Mamie Smith, turned into recording artists and became the first “coast to coast” musical celebrities.



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Mamie Smith (née Robinson; May 26, 1891 – September 16, 1946) was an American vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress. As a vaudeville singer she performed in various styles, including Jazz and Blues. Photo: BMPAudio



The new and powerful effective technology of records and radio began spreading the music far and wide, inspiring new regional Jazz styles in New York, New Orleans, Chicago and elsewhere including Detroit, of course!



In the 1930s, radio fueled the new and immense popularity of the Big Bands of Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and others. There were live nightly broadcasts from Chicago and New York that aired coast to coast for years.



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Duke Ellington and his orchestra and the Cotton Club Orchestra in 1927.



Live broadcasts continued into the 1940’s, with Swing and then Bebop, created by such virtuosic artists as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and others. Thousands of these broadcasts were put on record as well.



Jazz was “king” until the 1950s when music tastes were swayed by the new sounds of Rock and Roll.  It was the post-War baby boom and the focus was on the fast growing youth audience. Since then radio became heavily formatted with fewer opportunities for live music. Plus, many Jazz clubs folded after television’s debut, which tempted people to stay home for their entertainment needs.



Yet, Jazz remains the most respected and influential modern genre to this day. It has expanded into countless sub-genres from Fusion and Acid Jazz, to Free Jazz and Experimental, impacting most music created in the past 100 years.



The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe is known for presenting a full-spectrum of Jazz styles. See the “Upcoming Shows” section on the wbsite,, for the current performance schedule for a world renowned Jazz club where Jazz is still “number one”.


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Cabell “Cab” Calloway III (1907-1994) was a jazz singer and bandleader who is known for his song “Hi Di Ho”. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer. His popularity was greatly due to his twice-weekly live national radio broadcasts on NBC at the Cotton Club in the early 1930’s.





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.


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