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.
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.
The Exhibit or The Slide Presentation click here.
Options: 6 months, 12 months
Palm Tavern (circa 1930's)
- Louie and Lil' Armstrong and Band; Bottom - 1920's Chicago