Jazz Age Megan M. Gabby T. Justin T. Erandi R.

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What is the Jazz Age?

The Jazz Age was a post World War 1 movement. During this time Jazz music and dances like the Charleston grew popular with African Americans but eventually reached its way towards the rest of the American population. Jazz music was introduced through speakeasies and reached its way throughout New York and Chicago through radio broadcasting.

Women of Jazz

The Jazz Age gave women like Bessie Smith a chance to exhibit their talents. With the number of women Jazz and blues singers rising, this would make way towards the further growth of women artists in the future.

Racial Prejudice

Even though Jazz music was first introduced through African Americans, it became most common for radio stations to give more air time to white Jazz artists. Jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Joe "King" Oliver weren't as popular on the radio due to racial prejudice, but African American Jazz still made its way to the radio through Big Band Jazz.


A flapper was a fashionable young woman intent on enjoying herself and flouting conventional standards of behavior.

Their hairstyle was often short or shoulder length and the hemlines of dresses rose dramatically to the knee. They bound their chests and wore high heels. During this time, makeup became a popular accessory.

They frequented jazz clubs and vaudeville shows. Speakeasies were a common destination, as the new woman of the twenties adopted the same carefree attitude toward prohibition as her male counterpart.

The way of the flappers was a way for women to liberate themselves and become more independent. They did things for themselves instead of their male counterparts. Flappers received a lot of negative feedback for the way they acted but that didn't stop them from having fun.

Jazz Age Slang

APPLESAUCE - A term of derogation; nonsense; same as baloney, bunk, banana oil, hokum and horsefeathers.

ALL WET - wrong; arguing a mistaken notion or belief.

BEE'S KNEES - a superb person or thing.

BIG CHEESE - an important person.

BUMP OFF - to murder.

CAKE-EATER - a ladies man.

CATS MEOW - anything wonderful, similar to bee's knees, berries.

CHEATERS - eyeglasses.

COPACETIC - excellent.

DARB - an excellent person or thing.

DOGS - human feet.

FLAT TIRE - a dull boring person.

GATECRASHER - a person who attends a party without an invitation, or a show without paying admission.

GIGGLE WATER - an alcoholic drink.

HEEBIE-JEEBIES - the jitters.

JAKE - okay (most commonly used in the phrase "Everything's jake").

Our Jazz Playlist

"Fats" Waller: Ain't Misbehavin' (1929)

Thomas Waller was born May 21, 1904 in New York, New York and died December 15, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was a jazz singer and pianist of the time, with one of his most popular songs being Ain't Misbehavin' which he released in 1929. His performances were unique because he always added comedy to them.

King Oliver & his Orchestra – St James Infirmary (1930)

Joe Oliver was born on December 19, 1881 in Aben, Louisiana and died April 10, 1938 in Savannah, Georgia. He was known as King Oliver because of his status as a bandleader. He was a cornet player and "King Oliver & his Orchestra" was only one of the many bands he was apart of as just a member or a bandleader.

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five – West End Blues (1928)

Louis Armstrong first made his mark in the Jazz Age through his first Jazz group "Louis Armstrong & his Hot Five". The band had Louis Armstrong on trumpet, Johnny Dodds on clarinet, Kid Ory on trombone, Johnny St. Cyr on banjo and Lil Hardin-Armstrong on the piano. Though this group would soon change & grow in members, these were the members of the first version of the band.

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