San Antonio Jazz Music History Lesson: 1930’s

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San Antonio Jazz Music History Lesson: 1930’s

The 1930’s saw the formation of the Great Depression, which marked the worst financial crisis in United States history. Many struggled to find jobs to pay enough just to feed their families. During these tough years, few had money to spend on record albums and dance clubs, but radio continued to be the center of entertainment in America. A new style of jazz, “big band swing,” emerged. People loved to dance to swing and it became the most popular music of the decade. Jazz was played on the airwaves night after night. For listeners, it seemed this upbeat music made the Great Depression more bearable. It provided them hope and reminded them of what America could be.

In the meantime, Kansas City seemed to escape the bulk of the hardships of the Great Depression. Cash flew through the city’s gambling hot spots, as saloon owners profited from the sale of illegal drugs and alcohol. This wide-open nightlife might be the reason that jazz was able to thrive in the city. A more spontaneous, infectious brand of swing was played in nightclubs across the city. Unemployed jazz artists fled there to find jobs. Soon Kansas City’s jazz scene grew as exciting as New York’s or Chicago’s.

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