Music: Feathered Kapp

When Jack Kapp was recording master for Brunswick, he used to roam the South looking for new hillbilly quartets, jug bands, spiritual singers, colored jazz outfits and blues shouters to add to Brunswick's list. Jack Kapp not only has big, useful ears, but kind eyes and a soft heart. When he returned to Chicago with his recordings, so depressed would he feel about the underprivileged folk among whom he traveled that it would take two or three nights listening to the Civic Opera before he felt right again. For Mr. Kapp understood Beethoven as well as 3-woogie.

In 1934 Jack Kapp founded...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!