1920 in jazz

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1920 in jazz
Al Jolson Avalon cover.jpg
Sheet music cover of Al Jolson's "Avalon
Decade 1920s in jazz
Music 1920 in music
Standards List of 1920s jazz standards
See also 1919 in jazz1921 in jazz

In 1920 in jazz, the jazz age was underway and was indirectly fuelled by prohibition of alcohol.[1] Standards published that year included Al Jolson's "Avalon" and the popular hit Margie. Jazz musicians born in 1920 included Peggy Lee, Dave Bartholomew and Dave Brubeck.

Jazz scene[edit]

In Chicago, the jazz scene was developing rapidly, aided by the migration of over 40 prominent New Orleans jazzmen to the city, continuous throughout much of the 1920s, including the New Orleans Rhythm Kings who began playing at Friar's Inn.[1] However, in 1920, the cabaret business began in New York City and the growing number of speakeasies developing in the cellars of New York City provided many aspiring jazz musicians with new venues which gradually saw many musicians who had moved to Chicago ending up in on the east coast.[1]It is important to note that Classic Blues became very prominent from 1920 after Mamie Smith recorded Crazy Blues and grew in popularity along with jazz. [1]

In 1920, Paul Whiteman and his band recorded Whispering in New York City, in a sub-genre known as symphonic Jazz. Meanwhile in New York City Adrian Rollini began playing bass saxophone with the California Ramblers and would later in the decade play with Bix Beiderbecke.[1] Duke Ellington had developed in a successful band leader and Louis Armstrong began to amaze audiences with New Orleans Jazz.[1]

Standards[edit]

Births[edit]

Peggy Lee in the 1943 film Stage Door Canteen
George Handy, ca. January 1947

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "History of Jazz Time Line: 1920". All About Jazz. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 

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