The Community that Gave Jazz to Chicago


Chicago's notoriety as the hub of the Jazz Age of the 1920s is unquestioned.  But little has been written about how African-American entrepreneurs and community leaders built the commercial infrastructure for the rise of jazz and blues clubs in the city. Although Chicago's mob rule put its stamp on the era in public consciousness, Vincent observes that it was only after black entrepreneurs laid the foundation that the mob decided it wanted "a piece of the action."

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1920s, African American communities, Bill Bottoms, cabarets, Chicago, Illinois, Jack Johnson, Jazz Age, New Negro, nightclubs, Roaring Twenties