Black British Swing : The African Diaspora’s Contribution to England’s Own Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s


BBC Topic CD front cover

We may not all be mates but we are brothers and sisters, increasingly dipping into the same bowl of cultural delicacies as opportunity affords.  Along the way there are self-appointed gatekeepers who don’t want the recipes altered.  But there will always be enlightened outsiders with new spices and the gumbo we know as jazz will be better for it.

The players whose lives are unpacked here happened to black and were very popular in their day because they formed a solidly swinging community.  For the evidence, a CD, Black British Swing, was published in 2001 on Topic Records TSCD 781, compiled from a larger collection at the British Library, whose catalogue of enormous holdings is available online.  The disc is out of print but used copies and download are easily found.

While this jumble was researched with a smidgen of scholarly approach, the intention was to clear a vividly…

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Paul Ryan, Teddy Roosevelt, Adolph Hitler and Eugenics

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Congressman Paul Ryan said: “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work. There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”  In a letter to Charles Davenport, a leader of the US eugenics movement and head of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the epicenter of the movement, Theodore Roosevelt sa: “I agree with you…that society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind…Some day we will realize that the prime duty, the inescapable duty, of the good citizen type of the right type, is to leave his or her blood behind him in the world; and that we have no business to permit the perpetuation of citizens of the wrong type.”

In the 1927 Supreme Court case

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