September 30, 2021
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Music and the 1920s Timeline
Evolution of Music.
⟶ Updated 17 Oct 2018 ⟶
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17 Oct 2018
West 28th St. in New York City becomes center of popular music industry, through 1950s, known as "Tin Pan Alley". Singers Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith popularize blues; Beale Street in Memphis becomes blues center.
Chicago becomes jazz capital, trumpeter Louis Armstrong, pianist Jelly Roll Morton perform.
Jazz musician Duke Ellington moves to New York, forms band that ultimately becomes Duke Ellington Orchestra. Country fiddlers Henry Gilliand, Eck Robertson make records, as music companies search for "old-time music".
Juilliard School for performing arts opens in New York. George Gershwin composes Rhapsody in Blue, symphonic jazz composition; Porgy and Bess, folk opera. Becomes one of most original and popular American composers in 1935.
Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee, begins Saturday night radio broadcasts featuring regional music, helps fuse Southeastern and Western styles, creating country and western genre.
Show Boat, music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, based on Edna Ferber's novel, becomes first hugely popular musical comedy. Duke Ellington performs for radio from Cotton Club, nightclub in New York City's Harlem.
N.Y. Symphony Orchestra merges with Philharmonic Society of N.Y. to form New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra
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