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.
"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.