Swing to Bebop: Inherent Social Changes The 1920's and 1930's were a period for unprecedented African American contributions to the music world. The twenties, which have now been termed "the jazz age", laid the foundation for jazz as a marketable mainstream fascination. Throughout the twenties and thirties, dances such as the Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Jitterbug helped to secure the big band profession in entertainment. Swing emerged as a genre formulated on a swinging 4/4 beat
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the surge in urban late night jam sessions, bebop and its artists were able to prosper in the midst industrialized forms of segregation and Jim Crow laws. It was love of jazz and music that spurred the arrival of bebop. Dizzy Gillespie said it best in an interview: PR: Bop has been described as a revolution.
Dizzy Gillespie: They should have taken one of the letters off that.
PR: Make it evolution? Dizzy Gillespie: Yes.