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By Jason Toynbee, Catherine Tackley

Black British musicians were making jazz considering the fact that round 1920 while the style first arrived in Britain. This groundbreaking ebook unearths their hidden background and significant contribution to the advance of jazz within the united kingdom. greater than this, even though, the chapters exhibit the significance of black British jazz by way of musical hybridity and the cultural value of race. a long time sooner than metal Pulse, Soul II Soul, or Dizzee Rascal driven their manner into the mainstream, black British musicians have been taking part in jazz in venues up and down the rustic from dance halls to tiny golf equipment. In a major feel, then, black British jazz demonstrates the the most important value of musical migration within the musical historical past of the kingdom, and the hyperlinks among renowned and avant-garde kinds. however the quantity additionally offers a case examine in how tune of the African diaspora reverberates around the globe, past the seashores of the us - the engine-house of worldwide black tune. As such it's going to have interaction students of tune and cultural reviews not just in Britain, yet internationally.

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Audiences, or at least some audience members, wanted to be assured that they were hearing genuine African-American material. This would be a central motif in European reactions to African-American music and dance for at least a century and inevitably influenced how its practitioners saw themselves and presented themselves. The smaller the actual claim to ‘authenticity’, however defined, the greater the effort needed to convince audiences that the performers possessed it. Eventually performers with serious musical credentials made it across the Atlantic, notably the banjo-playing Bohee Brothers, James and George, whose recordings in Britain would be celebrated as the earliest African-American music on record if only any copies were known to survive (Dixon, Godrich and Rye 90–1).

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9 In 1923 Taylor joined Thompson’s Negro Band for an engagement in Denmark (Clausen). He appears to be the drummer seen in close-up in the two Josephine Baker films made that year in which she is accompanied by the band, La sirène 8 ‘Syncopated Orchestra: The First Belfast Performance’, Belfast Telegraph, 8 November 1921. 9 ‘Le grand succès du gala noir’, L’Intrinsigéant, 2 April 1930, 2. Translation Howard Rye. Black British Jazz 34 des tropiques, and La revue des revues. Unfortunately of course this footage is silent.

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