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Jazz Diasporas"Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris"$
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Rashida K. Braggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279346

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279346.001.0001

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Inez Cavanaugh

Inez Cavanaugh

Creating and Complicating Jazz Community

(p.91) 3. Inez Cavanaugh
Jazz Diasporas

Rashida K. Braggs

University of California Press

This chapter excavates the life story of Inez Cavanaugh, a woman about whom little is known in jazz scholarship but whose contributions were significant to the creation and maintenance of a jazz diaspora in post-World War II Paris. Cavanaugh also introduces other stories, thus opening this narrative to a series of collaborations and migratory experiences for both African American men and women living in Paris. Her home, club, and friends were fully integrated into the jazz scene of the late 1940s and 1950s. Her life and work illuminate reasons why so many African American jazz musicians made Paris their home, key experiences and issues in living abroad in Paris, and their prompts for leaving or staying. The case of Inez Cavanaugh also introduces the concurrent possibilities of local community and global movement encompassed in a jazz diaspora.

Keywords:   African American jazz singers, jazz diaspora, post-World War II, postwar Paris, African American jazz musicians, migration

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