"The Texas Shuffle": Lone Star Underpinnings of the Kansas City Jazz Sound
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The story of American jazz is often dominated by discussions of New Orleans and of jazz music's migration up the Mississippi River into the urban centers of New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, and St. Louis. This narrative, while accurate in many respects, belies the true nature of the music and, as with any broad historical generalization, contains an ultimate presumptive flaw. The emergence of jazz cannot be attributed soley to any single city or region of the country. Instead, jazz music grew out of the collective experiences of Americans from a variety of backgrounds living throughout the nation.