Musics & the 20's

Join us this Saturday, at 8pm to revel in era of the 20s while also enjoying the FINAL FOUR GAME ON A BIG SCREEN TV (we’re talking wall size screen here)! We can celebrate the past while also acknowledging the importance of a TAR HEEL game! Get your tickets here! It’s going to be a party you won’t want to miss!

Now, boys and girls, it is time for a little information about the era we are celebrating! Music is important now matter the year… read on about what pleased the ears of those living the high life in the 20’s.

The Jazz Age

The first commercial radio station in the United States, KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh in 1922. Radio stations subsequently proliferated at a remarkable rate, and with them spread the popularity of jazz. Jazz became associated with all things modern, sophisticated, and also decadent. Louis Armstrong marked the time with improvisations and endless variations on a single melody. Armstrong contributed largely to making scat singing popular, an improvisational vocal technique in which nonsensical syllables are sung or otherwise vocalized, often as part of a call-and-response interaction with other musicians onstage. Apart from the clarinet, Sidney Bechet also popularized the saxophone. Dance venues increased the demand for professional musicians and jazz adopted the 4/4 beat of dance music. Tap dancers entertained people in vaudeville theaters, out in the streets or accompanying bands. At the end of the Roaring Twenties, Duke Ellington entered the scene to start the beginning of the big band era.

Related Topics:
Radio station - KDKA - Pittsburgh - Jazz - Louis Armstrong - Scat singing - Syllable - Musician - Clarinet - Sidney Bechet - Saxophone - Tap dancers - Duke Ellington - Big band

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