Duke Ellington and his orchestra premiered an all-black musical revue, Jump for Joy, in Los Angeles in 1941 that addressed racial inequality while celebrating the possibility of a more democratic future. The musical was a cultural expression of the activist work of black Angelenos during the war years and highlighted African American demands for fair dealing. The article also demonstrates how unrecorded music can serve as a significant historical artifact.
- racial equality and jazz
- Los Angeles and jazz
- entertainment in 1941
- African American cultural expression
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