Harmonicas were invented in Europe in the 1820s as an aid for tuning pianos, but they didn't really take off until they crossed the Atlantic.
A music scholar suggests that Miles Davis combined the blues with the musical avant garde in a manner reflecting the integrationist spirit of the era.
How can a shoe communicate many different messages at once?
Ballet has been slow to accept African-American dancers in major companies, and those who make it tend to be offered limited roles.
Rebellious teenagers thumbed their noses at Hitler with jazz music, wild dancing, and the greeting “Swing Heil.” But how serious was their resistance?
In the 1920s, jazz music was thought to cause physical illness or even disability.
The dark, absurdist humor of Samuel Beckett's work was directly informed by his time in the French Resistance during World War II.
Americans have long obsessed over their favorite musicians.
Leonard Bernstein was a famous composer, conductor, and pianist. But by some accounts, his favorite accomplishment was teaching children about music.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical was revolutionary in the way it “integrated” music, dance, and dialogue. Or was that language just a marketing ploy?