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Fascinatin' Rhythm: First Pop, 04/18/20

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Episode # 2016

This show takes listeners back to the early days of jazz and Tin Pan Alley when songwriters and performers were shaping a new and distinctively American popular music.  It's starting points include African-American syncopation borrowed from jazz, and lead on to the phenomenon of Charles Harris' "After the Ball," so successful that it convinced its composer that he could make a lot of money writing and selling songs in New York.  It culminates with Paul Whiteman's program of so-called jazz in NYC's Aeolian Hall, including the premier of a new work, "Rhapsody in Blue."