Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959

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Wesleyan University Press, 2009 - Music - 316 pages
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Women have been involved with jazz since its inception, but all too often their achievements were not as well known as those of their male counterparts. Some Liked It Hot looks at all-girl bands and jazz women from the 1920s through the 1950s and how they fit into the nascent mass culture, particularly film and television, to uncover some of the historical motivations for excluding women from the now firmly established jazz canon. This well-illustrated book chronicles who appeared where and when in over 80 performances, captured in both popular Hollywood productions and in relatively unknown films and television shows.

As McGee shows, these performances reflected complex racial attitudes emerging in American culture during the first half of the twentieth century. Her analysis illuminates the heavily mediated representational strategies that jazz women adopted, highlighting the role that race played in constituting public performances of various styles of jazz from "swing" to "hot" and "sweet." The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Hazel Scott, the Ingenues, Peggy Lee, and Paul Whiteman are just a few of the performers covered in the book, which also includes a detailed filmography. More information is available at http://www.jazzwomenfilmtelevision.com/
 

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Contents

The Feminization of Mass Culture
19
Phil Spitalnys Musical Queens
67
Hazel Scott and Hollywoods
113
Drawing Room
158
SwingCentered Films and the Hour of Charm
168
Letter from Iran
176
Television Vaudeo and Female Musical Hosts
201
Show 1951
212
The Jazz Canon Representations
245
Filmography
259
Notes
265
Bibliography
275
Index
299
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KRISTIN A. McGEE is an assistant professor of popular music at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

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