Music: Serious Jazz

Jazz music is descending into the final pit of banality by becoming serious. The other evening Paul Whiteman with his Palais Royal band treated Manhattan to a formal jazz recital in a concert hall. It was billed solemnly as a recital of the true and indigenous American music, from which all native American music presumably is to spring. As press-agentry it was too good not to have had some such motive among its unmentioned purposes. However, Whiteman made a speech which rang straight from his heart. He mourned and denounced the contempt...

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