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Classic JazzA Personal View of the Music and the Musicians$
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Floyd Levin

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520213609

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520213609.001.0001

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Jazz on the West Coast

Jazz on the West Coast

(p.230) Jazz on the West Coast
Classic Jazz

Floyd Levin

University of California Press

This chapter takes a look at jazz on the West Coast. It reveals the efforts to resurrect the spirited music that slowly disappeared during the swing era in different parts of the United States, Australia, and Europe. The most enthusiastic revival activity occurred in the West Coast, and was led by several independent record firms. The chapter describes Los Angeles during the swing era and recalls the Palomar Ballroom Fire of October 2, 1939. Several notable jazz musicians during this time are introduced, including Benny Strickler and Dave Dexter, Jr.

Keywords:   West Coast jazz, swing era, revival, independent record firms, Los Angeles, Palomar Ballroom Fire

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