Article Summary 1-Kansas City Jazz

Article Summary 1-Kansas City Jazz - Brenda Chan 01/18/12...

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Brenda Chan 01/18/12 Article Summary The article I chose to summarize was “Political and Musical Forces that Influenced the Development of Kansas City Jazz.” Written by Nathan W. Pearson, Jr., the article was published in 1989 in the Black Music Research Journal . As the title says, this article talks about the influences that affected the growth and development of Kansas City jazz. Although St. Louis is presumed to be the larger and more prosperous city compared to Kansas City, Kansas City became to be more dominant jazz city of the state. One of the main political influences on jazz in Kansas City was administration of Thomas J. Pendergast from 1911 to 1938 and his “wide-open town” tolerance in exchange for political and financial benefits. He and other power politicians allied themselves with organized crime figures, which greatly controlled a vast majority of Kansas City’s night life. This night life increased the jazz culture due to a plentiful amount of work in clubs. With its concentrated political and economic power, Kansas City was able to grow
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2012 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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Article Summary 1-Kansas City Jazz - Brenda Chan 01/18/12...

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