American Music History

Exploring the history of music styles in the United States – Ragtime, Blues, Jazz, and more.

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Cab Calloway and Minnie the Moocher

The word “Jazz” has become a broad umbrella term for many different nuanced musical styles. It is rare to find someone who is truly knowledgable about the many traditions that sprouted from the mixing of African, Latin, and European musics in New Orleans. I would certainly not consider myself to be such a person, though […]


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Jitterbug Waltz

The history behind Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Watlz” and some of the finest renditions of the tune

Meet the Gellers

The story of jazz “power couple” Lorraine and Herb Geller

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