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During the Roaring Twenties, music in particular underwent drastic changes that represented the cultural evolution occurring during that decade. From Africa, jazz derived its rhythm, "blues", and traditions of playing or singing in one's own expressive way.

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GE Course: Introduction to Jazz

The year also saw the first recording by , the most famous of the 1920s blues singers. From Europe, jazz derived its harmony and instruments. But not everyone was happy about the changes brought in by the 1920s; The Catholic Telegraph reported: "The music is sensuous, the female is only half dressed and the motions may not be described in a family newspaper.

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The Jazz Age

Over time, social strictures regarding racial segregation began to relax in America: white bandleaders began to recruit black musicians and black bandleaders recruit white ones. Bottom: corresponding solo excerpt by Louis Armstrong 1924. The Phantom of the Opera opened at movie theaters.

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USA History

Jazz artists like Louis Armstrong originally received very little airtime because most stations preferred to play the music of white American jazz singers.

GE Course: Introduction to Jazz

They would also drive their own cars and would smoke in public. In fact, the 1920s was a decade of deep cultural division, pitting a more cosmopolitan, modernist, urban culture against a more provincial, traditionalist, rural culture. Gangsters responded to the demand for alcohol created by Prohibition.

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USA History

Some musicians, like , learned on homemade instruments.

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