When most people think of the origins of jazz, Portland, Oregon, is not the first place that comes to mind.-- from Jim Swenson's Foreword to Jumptown: The Golden Years of Portland Jazz 1942-1957 by Robert Dietsche.
Inland seaports with good railroads make for great jazz, especially during wartime, when there is an acceleration of fresh ideas and fashions from the thousands of servicemen and defense workers arriving.-- from "The Dude Ranch: Where Jump Was a Noun," the first chapter.
This is another great book published by the Oregon State University Press.
Hubby is a huge classic jazz fan, so most of what we listen to is jazz from this era. I got this out to keep him entertained over the upcoming family visit.
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