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Jazz Diasporas – "Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris" - California Scholarship Online
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Jazz Diasporas: "Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris"

Rashida K. Braggs


At the close of the Second World War, waves of African American musicians migrated to Paris, eager to thrive in its reinvigorated jazz scene. This book challenges the notion that Paris was a color-blind paradise for African Americans. On the contrary, musicians adopted a variety of strategies to cope with the cultural and social assumptions that confronted them throughout their careers in Paris, particularly as France became embroiled in struggles over race and identity when colonial conflicts like the Algerian War escalated. Using case studies of prominent musicians and thoughtful analysis of ... More

Keywords: African American musicians, Paris, jazz scene, colonial conflict, postwar musical migration, Sidney Bechet, Inez Cavanaugh, Kenny Clarke, James Baldwin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520279346
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rashida K. Braggs, author
Williams College