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Dancing IS the Jazz Age….Jazz is dancing music. Swing is Jazz music.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
American jazz and popular dance tunes- for the foxtrot and other 1920’s and 30’s dances, dominated nightlife and entertainment in the movies and live performance. The 1920s represented a period of “new wildness” and vibrancy created in the aftermath of the first World War in Europe and America. Coined the “Roaring Twenties,” the decade became...

Jazz Music and Film Clips

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Few live film recordings were made in jazz clubs in the 1920s. The low lighting, part of a seductive atmosphere key to the experience, made filming difficult. This was also true of live performance as seen in the rare clip of Josephine Baker dancing. The jazz selection here includes Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington, both popular during the 1920s but seen in film clips made slightly later. Studio films started taking a modern attitude before “talkies” emerged in 1927 with “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. However the film was not advanced enough to have an African American star; Jolson was white and played the role in “blackface.” Clip 1: “Long About Midnight”, 1932; Performed by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra; Lyrics by Alexander Hill (American, 1906‒1937) and Irving Mills (American, 1894‒1985) Clip 2: “Stormy Weather” featured in the movie short “Bundle of Blues,” 1933; Performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; Vocals by Ivie Anderson (American, 1905‒1949); Lyrics by Harold Alden (American, 1905‒1986) and Ted Koehler (American, 1894‒1973); Film produced by Paramount Pictures and directed by Adolph Zucker (American, 1873‒1976) Clip 3: “Flamingo”, 1941; Performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; Vocals by Herb Jefferies (American, 1913‒2014); Lyrics by Edmund Anderson (American, 1912‒2002); Music by Theodore Grouya (American, born Bucharest, 1910-2000); Film produced by R.C.M. Productions Clip 4: “The Joint is Jumpin’,” ca. 1941; Performed by Fats Waller (American, 1904‒1943) Clip 5: “Shine”, 1942; Performed by Louis Armstrong and His Band; Lyrics by Cecil Mack (American, 1873‒1944) and Lew Brown (American, 1893‒1958); Music by Ford Dabney (American , 1883‒1958); Directed by Josef Berne (American, born Russia, 1904‒1964); Film produced by R.C.M. Productions and Sam Coslow (American, 1902‒1982) Clip 6: "St. Louis Blues”, 1929; Performed by Bessie Smith (American, 1894‒1937); Musical arrangements by W.C. Handy (American, 1873‒1958) and Rosamund Johnson (American, 1873‒1954); Film produced by Sack Attractions Clip 7: “Enchantment”, 1921; Directed by Robert G. Vignola (American, born Italy, 1882‒1953); Starring Marion Davies (American, 1897‒1951); Set design by Joseph Urban (American, born Austria, 1872‒1933); Produced by William Randolph Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Pictures Clip 8: Banana Dance, 1927‒31; Performed by Josephine Baker (French, born United States, 1906‒1975)

Fascinating Rhythms: Music of the Jazz Age

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
James Stalzman of the Manhattan School of Music discusses the musical pieces he paired with particular objects from The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

Newsletter for The House That Jazz Built

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A special edition newsletter for The House That Jazz Built. The newsletter is on white paper with black type. The header reads: [Special Edition - Feb. 1983]. The newsletter contains information about a January 21, 1983 party and an advertisement for a Benefit Jazz Party. The back of the newsletter has a large [Thank You] in script type pasted on the top left corner, a drawing of an umbrella that has a pole made of musical notes that ends in a scale on the left side, and an address on the bottom.

Jazz Messengers!!!!

National Museum of African American History and Culture
(a) Black record with black, orange, and white center label. Impulse! Logo around circumfrance of label, with title reading, in black type, [ART BLAKEY / AND HIS JAZZ MESSENGERS]. Held in a white paper sleeve. (b) Cardboard album cover holding the album (a). Front cover is mostly black reading [!!!!!impulse!!!!! art blakey*!!!!!jazz messengers!!!!!] at the top in blue, orange, green, and purple, with a color image of Art Blakey playing the drums underneath. Signed in green marker is Art's signature, positioned on the image of himself. In the bottom right corner of the front, in white type, reads [* COURTESY OF BLUE NOTE RECORDS, INC.]. Impulse logo sticker in top right corner of front. Interior is off-white with black type. Interior left side is a large black-and-white depiction of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers playing instruments, with the song lists for each side of the album below in two columns. Handwritten in the bottom right corner of this side, in black marker, reads [625, 62.5]. The interior right side is a three column text about Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with an impulse! logo in the top right corner. Back cover is mostly black with a white vertical strip down the middle with the record title, and impulse logo, and [THE/NEW WAVE/OF JAZZ/IS ON/IMPULSE!/PRINTED IN U.S.A. A PRODUCT OF AM-PAR RECORD CORP.] in orange, black, and white type.

Memo from the House That Jazz Built

National Museum of African American History and Culture
2013.46.29.143.1-.4: Four copies of a memo written by Maxine Sullivan for the House That Jazz Built. The memo is on white paper with black ink type. The letter announces a benefit concert in memory of Cliff Jackson. The memo gives background information about the House That Jazz Built and the Arvell Shaw Trio, the group preforming at the benefit. The back of the memo is blank.

Aruba Jazz and Latin Music Festival Badge

National Museum of American History

Jazz

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Official pass for the Monterey Jazz Festival

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A pink pass with black lettering and handwritten notations for the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival that belonged to Ralph Gleason. The black printed text reads: [OFFICIALS / PASS / MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL / OCT 3-4-5, 1958]. The handwritten text in blue ink reads: [Ralph Gleason, San Francisco, Calif. Director]. The pass is signed by Hal Hallett.

The Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn

National Museum of American History
The Modern Jazz Quartet. The Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn (Atlantic 1247) 33-1/3 rpm

Music stand for the Panama Francis Savoy Sultans

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A foldable music stand. It appears to be made of hardboard, finished with a glossy white paint that gives the appearance of metal. It has a curved front panel with black text, a red treble clef symbol, and a red bass clef symbol that appears hand-painted. Text reads [PANAMA / FRANCIS / SAVOY SULTANS]. Attached to the back side of the front panel are four (4) hinged panels that form an open box when unfolded. The top panel acts as a music rest. It has a round hole at the top center and a hinged ledge. Pink sticker on the underside of the music ledge with gold text that reads [FASHION-FOLD / MUSIC STAND / PATENTED / HUMES & BERG MFG CO. / INC / East Chicago, Ind]. Above the text is a gold graphic of a pair of beamed eighth notes.

Betty Carter, Jazz Vocalist

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Black and white photograph of Betty Carter pictured smiling, looking at the camera. She is pictured in the lower two-thirds of the image wearing a large wool coat, dark shirt, and geometric head wrap. She stands in front of a gauzy fabric background. A narrow bit of light is in the background in the right third of the image. The image has a narrow black border and is centered on a white background. Below the image is handwritten text with the title, date, and artist signature [Betty Carter - JAZZ Vocalist - '76'/A. Barboza]. On the back in the upper left quadrant is text in pencil written vertically [Betty/Carter/March 76].

Playbill for Doctor Jazz

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Playbill for Doctor Jazz. White background with yellow box at top; white box below, title at top, graphic of a man playing the trumpet and two women dancing. [PLAYBILL/WINTER GARDEN THEATRE/DOCTOR JAZZ] White circular sticker on back, handwritten 1975.

Historic Jazz Concert at Music Inn

National Museum of American History

various artists. Historic Jazz Concert at Music InnM/i> (Atlantic 1298) 33-1/3 rpm

Music Inn, also called the Music Barn, was an inn, performance venue, and the summer program of jazz education for the Lenox School of Jazz, in Lenox Massachusetts. From 1957-1960, the school featuring faculty including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Giuffre, Percy Heath, and Connie Kayvenue. The performance venue and inn was in in operation from 1950 –1979.

Music stand used by Ginger Smock

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black, metal music stand owned by Ginger Smock. The stand has a metal tripod base and an adjustable music support with a small shelf. Embossed on the back of the support is the Belmonte company logo. Plastic extensions are screwed to the metal support above the shelf. Embossed on each side of the extension on top is “SNAP-OUTS.” The base and support is connected with an adjustable central pole with locking screws. Written in white paint on the bottom of the base is “GINGER” and “SHIPP.” Written in white paint on the shelf of the support is “SHIPP.”

Music folder owned by Della Reese

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Two-pocket folder made of black paper textured to resemble leather with [DELLA REESE] centered on the front in gold lettering. Gold text at the upper right reads [VIOLIN II]. Underneath is a green & white sticker with [24 / VIII] handwritten in black ink. There is a gold logo and text on the right pocket, situated at the bottom right. The logo features a helmet-wearing man's head in the letter [A]. The text reads [ALPHEUS MUSIC CORP. / CAMEO MUSIC / HOLLYWOOD, CA]

All corners of the folder are curled or creased to various degrees.

Jazz Hot No. 129

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An issue of the French magazine Jazz Hot from February 1958. The cover has a red background and features a black and white photographic image of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She is shown in profile from the shoulders up, looking up and away from the camera. She is wearing a dark colored shirt and scarf and guitar shaped earrings. Above the image, at the top left of the magazine is the title [jazz] in large white block letters with [HOT] in smaller white letters against a black bar background. The magazine has 48 pages. An article on sister Rosetta Tharpe is on pages 16 and 17.

Admission ticket for the Second Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A pink admission ticket with black text for the Second Annual Monterey Jazz Festival held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds on Oct. 4, 1959. On the proper left edge of the ticket is text that reads [14 Box 7 Seat].

Photographic print of five jazz musicians

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photograph of five jazz musicians in the midst of a performance. They are positioned in a semi-circle; the man to the far left plays the conga drum. To the right of the congo player, are a man playing the piano, a man playing a drum kit, a man playing a saxophone, and a man playing bongo drums. The man playing the bongos is "Bongo" Kenny and smokes as he plays. The back of the photograph has two barcode stickers and a pink post-it.

Flier for Jazz and Blues All Star Festival in Stockholm

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A flier advertising a Jazz and Blues festival in Skeppsholmen, Stockholm. The flier is white paper with black type. The filer includes the title of the festival, the dates, the performers and then information in Swedish. The back of the photograph is blank.

Group portrait of a jazz band at high school prom

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A large band consisting mostly of young men stand in front of the "Moonlight and Roses" prom banner with instruments in hand. An elderly man in black tie sits in a chair in front of the musicians. White/light colored linoleum dominates the foreground of the image.

Flyer advertising an evening of jazz at NYU Loeb Student Center

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This flyer announces an evening of jazz at NYU Loeb Student Center put on by Jack Kleinsinger Presents Highlights in Jazz!. The flyer is dark pink with black letters. The top of the flyer reads: [Jack Kleinsinger Presents / Highlights in Jazz!]. [Wednesday / Mar.17th, 8pm / ACCENT / ON PERCUSSION] is typed in large bolded font in the center of the page. The names of the performers are listed below the title. Location and ticket information are given at the bottom of the flyer. The black of the flyer is blank except for text handwritten in the center that reads [1976].

Jazz Journal Vol. 10, No. 11

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An issue of the Jazz Journal from November 1957. The cover is orange and features a black and white photographic image of Sister Rosetta Tharpe at center. She is standing wearing a dark colored dress with a guitar strapped on her shoulder. Her hands are clenched in fists and are raised to chest height. She is looking up. The title [jazz journal] is printed in large white block letters at the top, followed by issue information and price in orange text against a black background, [NOVEMBER 1957 VOL 10 NO 11 / TWO SHILLINGS]. Beneath the image, in black text against a white background is printed “SISTER ROSETTA THARPE.” The magazine has 36 pages. An article on sister Rosetta Tharpe begins on page 3. The back cover features an advertisement for records.

Poster advertising jazz concerts for Richard Sudhalter and the Eddie Hazell Trio

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A handmade, two-sided poster advertising jazz concerts. Side one, features three identical photographs of trumpeter Richard Sudhalter. The photographs are surrounded by brightly colored text throughout the rest of the poster. The text reads: [SUDHALTER / AND NEW CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS / AL GALLODORO / MARTY GROSZ / SAM PERKINS / JAZZ FROM THE 20'S AND 30'S! / TWILIGHT (sic) JAZZ / RICHARD SUDHALTER / FRIDAY JUNE 18 530 - 730]. Side two, features another handmade poster advertising another Twilight Concert. Side two features a photograph of singer and guitarist Eddie Hazell surrounded by brightly colored text. The photograph, found in the bottom right, is a head shot of Hazell holding a guitar. The bottom right corner of the photograph has a photographers mark [James J. Kriegsmann] and text in the bottom center reads: [Eddie Hazell]. The post text reads: [JOYOUS JAZZ / OPC TWILIGHT CONCERT / EDDIE HAZELL TRIO / WITH / BERNIE TAYLOR / LOU SLINGERLAND / APRIL 21 5:30 . 7:30].
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