Chapter 7

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Chapter 7- White Jazz Chapter 7   White Jazz o Paul Whiteman   1920s    king of jazz At first resisted father’s musical instruction Proficient classical violist Would go into restaurants and saloons to here all jazz he could Began arranging pieces Tried to “orchestrate”   notate in precise rhythms and tone colors  for a large ensemble Pieces generally favored sedate rhythms, graceful melodies, and  homophone textures with a jazz spirit Became known as “Sweet Music” and played leading role in its  rise Led several dance bands performed in ballrooms from Hollywood to  Atlantic City for a few years Offered recording contract by Victor Phonograph Company Recorded “Whispering” which sold more than two million copes  making Whiteman a star Faced criticism from old friends so decided to elevate jazz by fusing it  with classical music   new genre   “symphonic jazz” Took role of impresario   commissioned talented and like-minded 
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