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Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story between the Great Wars

William Shack

Abstract

During the years between the world wars, a small but dynamic community of African American jazz musicians left the United States and settled in Paris, creating a vibrant expatriate music scene and introducing jazz to the French. While the Harlem Renaissance was taking off across the Atlantic, entertainers in Montmartre, the epicenter of the Parisian scene, contributed enthusiastically to a culture that thrived for two decades, until the occupation of the city by German troops on June 18, 1940. This book looks at this cultural moment, one in which African American musicians could flee the racis ... More

Keywords: African Americans, Harlem Renaissance, black experience, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Bricktop, club owners, club culture, musicians' experiences, French audiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520225374
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225374.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Shack, author