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“The origins of the term “jazz” have always been debated, but it most likely came from black slang. Whites, however, popularized the term in print, defining it as a music that, unlike ragtime or spirituals, put great emphasis on improvisation. Primarily because of its appeal as dance music, this style became so popular aong whites, and white bands began playing it in such large numbers that from the 1920s to the 1940s, jazz was seen as white music. Indeed, at a time when lynching in the South reached its 20th Century peak, F. Scott Fitzgerald used “the Jazz Age” to describe a period of white indulgence – an indulgence that led them to explore, more for amusement than edification, the “primitive” artistic expression of blacks.”

Nelson George, The Death of Rhythm & Blues, 1988
The Death of Rhythm and Blues

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