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Different DrummersJazz in the Culture of Nazi Germany$
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Michael H. Kater

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165531.001.0001

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Jazz Defiant The Reassertion of a Culture

Jazz Defiant The Reassertion of a Culture

(p.57) 2 Jazz Defiant The Reassertion of a Culture
Different Drummers

Michael H. Kater (Contributor Webpage)

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Jazz in the Third Reich turned out to be a resilient art. Because of the imperfection of controls, improved conditions after the economic depression, and the centrality of Berlin, which ostentatiously hosted the 1936 Olympics, this music continued not only to exist, but to flourish in Germany after January 1933, right up to the beginning of the war. Despite the fact that the German jazz scene from 1933 to the beginning of the war was a uniform development concentrated in Berlin, the reality was much more heteromorphic. Apart from weekly and monthly agendas, which appeared smooth on the surface, there were anomalies and irregularities, and to no small extent they involved the inadequate policing efforts of the regime's leaders at all levels of the bureaucracy. These irregularities aided the progress of jazz in Fascist Germany.

Keywords:   jazz, Germany, swing, Third Reich, culture, United States, politics, dance music, bands

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