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The slide presentation and/or exhibit below illustrates the cultural developments that spawned jazz and blues. The photographs and articles featured in the exhibit are from the collections of the Chicago Public Library, The Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Jazz Archive, The University of Chicago Regenstein Library and from private collectors.

Jazz in Chicago --
And The Blues Too!

is an investigation into Chicago's early prominence as a performance mecca and incubator for blues and jazz. During the post-Civil War period of industrial expansion, Chicago became a center for commerce. To foster economic growth, the city courted potential workers, particularly from the south. African American migrants who sought a better life heeded the call, arriving in great masses.

 

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Gerri's Palm Tavern (circa 1930's)
Top - Louie and Lil' Armstrong and Band; Bottom - 1920's Chicago