Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and indexes.
Introduction: A song is born -- Creation. Ragtime, the blues, and the reorientation of American life -- New Orleans and the creation of early jazz -- Dispersion. Chicago and the recording of jazz in the 1920s -- New York City and the broadcasting of jazz in the 1920s -- Los Angeles and the diffusion of early jazz -- Acceptance. An American music -- Conclusion: "Twenty years of jazz" : Benny Goodman.